Where have I been? On vacation. And what's a vacation without a race?! I have been to Florida more times than I can count and yet, I have not run a race there. This year we finally figured it out. We traveled Friday to Friday and were able to pick up a race nearby on Saturday.
The Pinwheel 5K was a smallish race at a beautiful rowing facility in Sarasota. The two things I love: rowing and running. I was in heaven. The weather was sunny and not so hot, which made for great racing.
There's not much to say about a 5K. I went out hard and held on for a dear life. Actually, I felt pretty good for about 75% of this race. At the turn around I was able to count and see that I was in 5th. Dave was right behind me and my dad also let me know my position. I quickly caught 4th place and then spent a mile-ish hunting down 3rd place. I really felt like I was on the hunt the whole time and felt great. Until I caught everyone I could and then it was everything I could do not to get caught. Each time we had a turn I looked to see my position. It was close but I was able to hold on to third.
This is the second time I have placed in the top three at a race and also the second time there were no awards for top three - only first place. And I wish I could have caught that girl. First place got a $100 gift card to a local running store. That's a heck of a lot towards a new pair of shoes!
Anyway, I did win my age group. My final time was 22:09 which is a 7:0-something pace.
It was a good day for Dave and my dad. They both took home 1st in their age groups too.
I'm starting to like the 5K. Don't get me wrong. It sucks. It's hard and painful, but at least it's over quickly. I hope to race some more soon.
Pictures from vacation coming soon!