The morning of the race I was planning on running the 5k. Last year if you remember I ran both the 5k and 10k. There was no option of that this time. I wasn't really sure if I could do a 10k, but when I saw that the price was the same for both distances... I went with the 10k.
As I was signing in, I saw the race director volunteer himself to hand out timing chips. I thought to myself, that's not going to work... I walked back to the car to get my water bottle, then back to the registration. I stood back and watched for a minute.
The director kept getting asked questions by volunteers and runners, finally I stepped in and offer to hand out the timing chips. He agreed to let me.
Before the race I was feeling pretty good. I just wanted to be able to finish the race. I started out slow and focused on my pace. The 5k and 10k ran out together, so I had no idea who I was running against. Not that it mattered, really.
The last two miles of the race I was going back and forth with 3 people. I ended up passing all of them before the finish. I ended with a time on 52:29 and 18th place.
I have to start running more. I need to get back to my time/pace.