September 20, 2013 7:30 PM
Written by Owen:
This is a Friday night 5k, which is fun for a change, but overall I very much prefer Saturday and Sunday morning races. We ran this race in 2011 and had a blast.
We had not planned on running this race, but two days before we got an email reminding us that it was taking place. I looked at my training schedule to see if it fit. I'm two weeks away from my marathon, so I'm in the "taper" phase of training. Thursday, the day before the 5k, was scheduled to be my off day. Friday was scheduled to be a 4 mile "race pace" run. That was too perfect, so I signed us up. Kyle and Alicia are still training for their race in November and aren't quite ready for a 5k yet, and Malissa has a 15k the following weekend, so it was just Michael and I for this race.
This race is in Salisbury, NC, which is just next door to Spencer, where Malissa's dad and step-mom (Opa and Neina to the kids) live. They were able to come and cheer us on, which was awesome. In fact, the route took us right by where Opa works.
|Just before the start.|
Michael's goal pace was just a few seconds faster than mine, but when the race started I found myself in front of him. After about a half-mile, when the initial mass of people had cleared out, I looked over my left shoulder and there was Michael, just a few feet behind me. I kept to my goal pace of 6:25, expecting Michael to pass me at any moment. He never did.
I could actually see the lead cop car up ahead. This was a smaller race, so there weren't any 16 and 17 minute finishers like there are at most 5k's we do. By the time I had picked off all the runners who started too fast, I could count 3 or 4 runners ahead of me. I looked behind me and couldn't see Michael, but it was pretty dark. I kept holding out hope I could pass 1 or 2 of those guys and grab a top three finish, but it didn't happen.
My first two miles, were perfectly on pace for my plan (6:21 & 6:26). The first mile was gradually down-hill, the second started down, then finished up. The third mile was all gradually uphill. I didn't crash, but couldn't maintain my pace and ran the third mile in 6:41. My finishing time of 20:28 was a PR by two seconds, so I'm really happy with it.
After I finished, I turned to see where Michael was. He crossed the line at 21:22, just 54 seconds back. He told me he had a small stomach cramp that slowed him down, and that it was really hot.
We both took 1st in our divisions, so we stuck around for the award ceremony and then went to Cookout for some ice cream. While we were at Cookout, it started raining really heavy. I was thankful that didn't happen during the race.
Here's video of the awards, followed by my Garmin data: