This will be brief as the race was only 5K.
Carpooled with Ryan and we registered. It was quite windy and cool. We headed out for a warm up, nice easy pace about 2 or so miles (not sure - Ryan has a likely better estimate.) I knew that with virtually no training runs since June that this race would be akin to a training run. Slow and easy- feel it out.
Not so slow and not so easy - small group so it was hard to judge paces. Not 200 feet from the start a young girl (running in the front and didn't belong there) tripped and fell hard, caused a bit of a jam-up and caused at least one other person to fall. Luckily I missed being involved in that. I headed out at a fairly good pace faster than I should have been but I felt fine. There were no splits but miles two and three were marked so I gauged how I felt at those points and did my best to avoid fading.
There was a young boy maybe all of 10 ahead of me running strong and I had a flashback to that 12 year old that beat me in my best half mary. But itís all good in a race. I was slowly catching up to him as we neared the final 1/4 mile and he was beginning to fade. I didnít want his race to end with a fade (a bad experience) so I encouraged him on, telling him not to let me catch him and that he had this race. About 100 feet from the finish I got him to sprint it out with me Ė I didnít even think about the clock or my time. For some reason at that point I wanted him to have a great experience and learn that he could find a kick even when he felt like fading.
A handful of us ran the course backwards for a cool-down and right when we got back we noticed they were doing the awards. We headed over and my age group was the next they were awarding Ė I won my age group! I am guessing there was no one else in my age group but I wonít know until they post the results. Anyway, all four of us won something so it was a pretty cool experience.