Apparently this race was not where I thought it was going to be. I drove to the boathouse in North Park and found no race. At first I thought that maybe I had the wrong day or time, but then I remembered that sometimes the races are held up at the pool. Thankfully it was there or else I would have wasted gas.
This was a nice small race. They had extra shirts so I was able to get one in my size. Which is always nice Since there was no one there that I knew, I decide to go for a warm up run instead of staring into space. A quick jog and I really felt good. It was going to be a good run.
There were a lot of kids in the front of the pack when the horn sounded. By a quarter mile they were dropping like flies. I moved up to 5th place which I held on and off for most of the race. The race was two loops. For most of the race there really wasn't anyone around me. It made it a little bit boring.
The first mile was a good 6:40, the second was 8 flat. I was falling apart. I knew that I needed to pick it up. At this point a guy passed me. That was the motivation that I needed. I passed him. He passed me. This went on several times before I finally got a good lead on him.
I finished in 21:58. That is the best 5k time this year.
For two weeks I have been picking up my running. I went from 4-6 miles a week to close to 30 a week. I really fell apart when my dad passed away. Running was the last thing on my mind and really the hardest thing to make myself do. It feels great to be back in shape again.