A few weeks ago I decided to sign up with Run Tampa. I decided on the 5 miler to kick start my marathon training. I wasn't very prepared for this race as I thought I would be. Life happens and I usually put work before running or doing anything for me. There was a lot going on these past weeks and as we are coming to a close for the school year, there is so much that needs to get done.
On Saturday, I woke up and headed to USF. It took me less time than expected as there was no traffic heading into campus yet. I had to be there a little early to pick up my race bib and goodies. I found a parking spot right away and headed to the booth to pick up my bib, safety pins, and my shirt. Unfortunately, there were no more small shirts, only a medium. I happily took that as well as my Rays tickets I did not know I was going to get! Hmm, maybe If I cannot go I can do a giveaway. I like the idea of that.
I met up with Meghan, we chatted put our stuff back in the car then met up with Tori who was running the 5k with Girls on the run. We all chatted, caught up for the few minutes before we headed to the start line. On the way, I ran into Rachel who was looking to PR in the 5k. At 7:30, the 5 mile peeps were off!! Right on time!! I love a race that is right on time, yes I am OCD.
The course was very nice. I passed an old student of mine from when I was interning, at the second water stop I saw Samantha and Christina's Mom! (She is the best) I gave her a hug and was back on my way. The course was "hilly" but I knew that going into it as I went to school there. I passed or I should say, John and Jennifer passed me. The volunteers were great! I had a timed goal of 1:00-1:05 because of my injury and not running I figured that would be great. Not too fast, not too slow (for me of course).
I managed to come in around 1:03is. And I add the "ish" because:
then..the official race results (sorry it is small, I am still attempting to learn a screen shot on a mac)
Therefore, I am not sure what is "really" true as yes, I know you often run more because of the weaving (I did none of that), and the turning, but It was not only me that is having this issue. The 5kers are also getting an additional .1, but I am not all that concerned.
|Samantha and I|
|Meghan and I|
After the race, I met back up with Meghan, she kicked BUTT! She is so quick!
West did his first 5k and
Samantha is READY to train for a 5k this time ;)
I did enjoy this race. I loved how close it was to my house and the ample volunteers on the course. I wish they would have had a smaller race shirt for me as it is almost down to my knees. I also am hearing a lot of problems with the length of the course as well as the results being posted. Many peoples are wrong as they did the 5k and a random number is under the 5Miler. Meghan's is not even posted to who knows.
I will most likely be back next year as long as I no longer have any other commitments.
What did you do this weekend? Anything fun and exciting you want to add?