Not sure exactly why I signed up for this race. A 2 hour drive each way and the race started at 7pm. Ugh! But several friends were going so I knew it would be fun. Still . . . that's a long way to drive for a 5k! But, on the positive side, Greenville, NC is pretty flat . . . maybe a relative good time was possible.
Hip acted up during the week but everything felt fine Saturday, so I was in.
Got to Greenville early so I could go by Overton's for a little shopping! Connie wanted a big island float and I wanted to see what they had. Plus, I planned to eat early and be ready to run at 7!
Lots of RMEC folks were there and we all had a chance to catch up before the start. Weather was awesome! Not too hot . . . no wind . . . really couldn't have been better.
I decided to hang right behind Amber Shingleton and Margaret Bentley for the start. Initially they went out a little too strong for me, but oddly I caught them pretty soon! (Not that they were slowing but I ran the tangents while they were being more social!) Maybe at the 1/2 mile point I passed them but was thinking this was a huge mistake.
Lot's of turns on this course, but not bothersome really. I intentionally wasn't looking at my watch, so I had no idea what my first mile split was. But soon after the first aid station, my hip started tightening up some. I just eased off some and soon the tightness eased off and things returned to normal.
At about the 1 1/2 mile point I saw Caroline Forrester just up ahead. I slowly gained on her and soon passed. But that didn't last long. Soon she eased back in front of me and I never was able to pass her back. By the end of the race she had pulled maybe 30 seconds ahead! She was running really smart . . . cutting the tangents and all. Very relaxed. Great job Caroline!
Then, Margaret Bentley passed me just before the 3 mile mark and just kept pulling ahead! Margaret is running well! Look out Hinson Lake! Margaret is going to be ready for you this year!
Soon after Caroline passed me I walked maybe 15 yards and then started back running. Had to walk once more before the end and I was dead on my feet! I listened to the crowd at the last turn and knew that there was nobody lurking and ready to pass me at the end. Thank God! Cause I had noting left to hold them off!
My time was a blazing 31:36 . . . that's a 10:13 pace. That's hard with I think about what I used to run a 5k in . . . but still . . . I had nothing left at the end, so I did my best that night. One of the best things about this race is where they have the awards ceremony! There is a huge patio at Moe's where they have live music and beer for sale! I was right at home!
Oh . . . and my run was good enough to get 1st place in my age group . . . and no . . . there were three other guys out there. I actually BEAT some people! :-)
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