This weekend held an exciting event for the wife and myself: a nearby city 5k race. It was actually a pretty momentous occasion for a couple of reasons:
- This was Dee's first race, EVER (excluding field-day activities in elementary school, that is). Since she's training for a triathlon in the fall, she wanted to gauge her progress with a 5k and see how far along she's come since she started her training program.
- Dee ended up finishing faster than she expected and she and I were very proud of her performance!
- This was my first race in almost 6 years. The last one involved me collapsing on/near the finish line and spending 6 days in the hospital diagnosed with rhabdomyolisis. Needless to say, I was a little nervous about how this race would fare, given my last race experience.
- I ended up winning an award for my placement in the race!
The weather was beautiful – sunny and about 60 degrees – about as perfect for a 5k as you could wish. I was a little chilly at the start but knew I'd warm up as soon as things got going. The race itself went really well – both Dee and I were very happy with our results:
Place Name Guntime Pace
===== =================== ======= =====28 Ross G 23:28 7:34
147 Dee G 35:15 11:21
Dee said she was really happy with her time, as it was a lot faster than her normal training pace, and set a good goal for her next race. I'm very proud of her for finishing so quickly and making so much progress on her training program.
As for myself, I finished more than 1.5 minutes ahead of my goal. As I ran the race, I kept forcing myself to ease back and keep a little bit slower pace than I normally ran, but by 2 miles I was still well ahead of my goal pace, so I decided to just go with it as long as I could. As I was winding up for the last third of a mile of the course, I went ahead and boosted to my full-out kick, passing an unsuspecting runner before he knew I was there and sprinted full-out for the finish line. And because of my sprint, it turns out I ended up passing the one person who stood between me and 1st place in the Male 25-29 division!
Yes, I won a medal to go with my "free" race t-shirt. Totally unexpected, but very satisfying to come back from 6 years away from any racing and feel like I was right back in the swing of things.
I'm not expecting to win any awards on any future races, but I'm definitely going to keep up my regular training and try to fit in a road race here or there when I can. As I've said before, to me, the fun is in the running, not the winning. But bringing home a medal will always bring just a little bit extra of a smile to my face.