On Sunday I got up at 5am for the Frigid 5 Mile race. YUCK! I got to North Park at 7:20. Walked up the mile long hill and found my bib/chip/race bag.
Sara left at this point to do 10 miles around the lake. I started walking down the mile hill to the car. No less than 5 people walking up the hill said, "race is the other way". Funny, right? On the way down I ran into Louis and his girlfriend. She's not a runner, yet! I changed out of my jacket and pants and got ready to go back up. Melanie and her friend walked by and I started back up the hill with them. Over half way to the top I realized that I had forgotten my Garmin in the car. I decided to run with out it.
At the top I found an area to hang out and Jason walked by and asked me where to get his chip. I waited a little longer than moved to the start line. I was one of the first people there.
The race started and I was running next to Louis who runs an 18 minute 5k. I dropped back a little bit. I'm pretty sure I was running at least a 7 minute mile for the first 2 miles. Right before the big drop down hill, Jason ran by me and yelled, "Come on Shane". It was a needed boost. The next 2 miles were small rolling hills. Right after mile 4 was the mile hill. Up, up... and UP! I walked then ran, then repeated up the hill. Close to the crest of the hill I could see the finish line. I took off and screamed, "COME ON PEOPLE, THAT'S THE END." A group of 10 people both in front and behind me started gunning it in. If you look at the results, we are all a second apart, with some on the same time.
It was a fun race. I ran it in 2011 in 47 minutes. This year I did it in 38:56, so big improvement. My goal time was 38 minutes.
Next year I'll get it. NO I'll BEAT 38 minutes!
All I could find was pancakes and bananas, I wanted sugar..LOL. I headed out to find Sara and go home.