Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spring into Penn Township 5k

     Okay, so this race got screwed up.  But it was still fun.  A few people weren't happy, but again..it was fun!  Here is what happened...
     The race organizers used a shoe lace timing chip.  The chips come in a small bag.  The bag was hooked to the race bag.  The race organizers forgot to tell people about the chips.  About half the folks did not put on the chip....lol    Yes, I think it was funny...
      The course was said to be flat.  It was rolling hills with one big hill.  It was not bad.  Being how much my left leg hurts I thought this course would kick my butt though.  I was hoping for flat...no wishing for flat...
      I started out too fast and quickly slowed my pace down.  I knew that I had to take it easy or my leg would not let me finish.  The first hill was the big hill and I jogged up it and then took off down it.  I passed a guy that had beat me in age group before.  I counted myself in 10th place.  I really wanted a top 10 finish so I set my sights on the next two people in front of me.  I know that people would pass me later on, so I needed a strong place.
      I passed two of them, someone else passed me...this went on for a while.  I lost track of my place.  On the way back, I started running up the big hill....MISTAKE!   The pain hit me.  A guy passed me and I decided that I should walk the hill.  At the top I sucked it up and took off again.  I passed one guy and then I heard a fast runner coming up behind me.  I was NOT going to give up with out a fight.  I started going faster and faster and faster....I out ran them.  I hurt soo much, but my pride was happy.
     I finished in 21:19.  A new 5k PR.   I got two faster times, but the courses were short.
Not sure what the deal with the pink ribbon is...
Update:  From the race organizers
     An SUV driven by a lady that was unhappy about the road being closed drove over the timing mat.  This caused a 4 minute period where no one was being chip recorded. 

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