I rushed around when I realized that the race started at 8:30am. It was 7:22am and I was not showered nor had I eaten yet. I left the house nine minutes later. When I got there, I saw only six cars. There were two ladies with a stack of bibs standing at a single white table. What had I gotten myself into this time...
I walked up and asked if they were ready yet. One of them asked if I was registered or not. I said no. As I was signing up they told me that there was not a lot of runners. They also said that the winners (top m & f) each got a $50 gift card to True Runner. I replied, "That won't be me".
I asked if the race started at 8:30am like runhigh.com's website stated. They said no, it starts at 9am. Great, I thought, I could have finished breakfast.
While I was waiting I ran into Eric P who ran the Harvest 5k last year. He always reminds me that the course was a little bit short. I tried to relax and remember that this is just a run, not a race. I have a 10k tomorrow morning, so I needed to take it easy.
At the start line there were a few people who I thought might be fast. However they had there bibs pined to their backs. A sign that they were not racers. When the race started I took off at an easy pace. There was one guy behind me. I tried to stay just ahead of him. I expected to get passed at any point. By mile one I was in a commanding lead.
As we hit mile one & half I could see that the guy behind me was falling behind. There was a kid in jeans! closing in on him. After that was a big gap and then a pack of runners, including Eric. I passed him and he told me that I had a good lead.
By mile two I could see no one behind me, so I started to take it easy. I probably could have PRed if there was someone to push me. I finished the race in 21:57. 1st OVERALL!
mile 1: 6:33
mile 2: 7:00
mile 3 & the point 1: 8:20