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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....
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    I had 2 runs in a row that were the same way - not very well organized! The 5K race I did was not timed and I had to backtrack to get on course and lost a little time in the process...then the next weekend I did a 10K race that the route was made unclear and a bunch of us missed about a half mile of the race...and it was on sand and gravel...both of the runs were for charity so I'm not too bothered by it, but it sure is nice to do a well organized race with a timer company and a nice clear route, isn't it? Congratulations on an awesome time!!
    4226 days ago
    Congrats on your time, even if it isn't very official. I just ran my third 5k on Sunday too, and the only time I had was my own watch. It was my first sub-30 time as well, at 29:09. Don't let any of the frustrations of the race take away your accomplishment! Christy
    4246 days ago
    Congratulations on your outstanding time!! WOOHOO!!! It does sound like a mess of a race, but that doesn't take anything away from your accomplishment - way to go!
    4247 days ago
    WOW! What an experience that race sounds like!!! Great work on YOUR part! I envy your time and wish you an even better time in your next 5K! emoticon
    4247 days ago
    Don't let their disorganization ruin your achievement. Breaking into the 20's is a great accomplishment. My goal for this year is just to run the entire 5K and then work on speed next year.


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