BUMMER! (Race Report)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Last fall, after my last 5K, I generated a training plan on Runner's World Smart Coach geared at improving my 5K time. So yesterday I entered my first 5K to see how well I did. My goal was to complete it in under :30 minutes. (Secretly, I sorta wanted to get close to :25)
Sadly, it was a smaller race that I thought, with far less organization and planning than one would hope for. It did not start on time. It was a very informal start - everyone took the road, and then someone started yelling, "GO, GO, GO" and we were off! I don't know how far into the race we were when I realized that in my rush, I failed to start the timer on my Garmin. (I started it anyway, just to track HR and pace.)
There was supposed to be a water stop about halfway through the race. I was looking for it, just so I would know where we were, when I realized that I didn't bring my bottle with me as I had planned (can't stand the paper cup thing)... but never saw the water stop! I thought what a mess these people were!
But I just kept following the pack, keeping an eye on my pace and HR and actually feeling pretty good... I rounded the corner to the finish and saw the clock roll over :28 and knew I had it! Finished in :28:27! I was fairly pleased with that!
And then my friend told me that a call had come over the radio that the second half of the pack had missed a turn - thereby missing the water stop... It was just a dogleg over to the next block/parallel road, but just the same, we did not run the full distance - so I am logging only 3 miles for this run. Granted, if I had run the full thing, we are only talking maybe another 30 or 40 seconds so I still would be under :30 so I am happy with myself.
But boy, this race sucked. And then when they posted the results online, they showed my time as :28:01 versus :28:27 which I clearly saw as I passed, and I have a photo of! AND my computer started acting up after I downloaded the results.
Otherwise, this was a nice, high-quality run for me. Too bad poor organization took some of the joy out of it....