Saturday, November 15, 2008

Putnam City Cancer Classic 5K


I wanted to keep the speed work up after my very long slow distance last weekend. Many of my friends and co-runners are off to run in either the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon or the San Antonio Rock n Roll Marathon.
The only race nearby was this 5k which was perfect as far as I was concerned. It was cold this morning, and even colder at the race site which is on the lake. My car was showing 40 before I got there, but I know it was in the 30's with a wind chill in the 20's. I did my best to stay warm until the start. This was a moderate sized race, 212 finishers, and a fairly flat course. We started and I was looking at a couple of people ahead of me that I knew I wanted to get ahead of quickly. I did, and as the course turned north we were going into a strong headwind. I had my Garmin set to alert me when I was going too slow and it was beeping constantly. But I knew I wasn't going to use all my energy fighting the wind. This is an out and back course, so I knew the second half would be with a strong tail wind. I made the turn around and none of my age group rivals were anywhere near me. Still I was giving it all I had. As I passed the 4 k mark I was fading fast. I heard someone breathing heavily behind me and thought it was a rival. I sneaked a peek as I made the final turn and saw it was someone much younger. He passed me and I crossed the finish line. I had a finish time of 21:27. That was good enough for first in my age group, and I was fine with that. Today was not a day for p r's.
I will run an 8k on Thanksgiving Day and then it's the Tucson Marathon for my B Q attempt.
Good luck to all that are running marathons and half marathons tomorrow.

7 comments:

Willie said...

So were did you end up in your age group? Great job fighting the wind, you're a better man than me! It was cold this morning and my bed was warm.

Reese said...

I've edited the post, but I was first. Enjoy Tulsa.

MarathonRandy said...

Great race....Bonnie and I ended up sleeping late yesterday because of the cold and wind...we got our run in this afternoon..it was great, I did 10 miles and she did 4, helping to kick me in the last of my 10 miler.

I see you will be in Tuscon as I will be in Memphis that first weekend in December...good luck out there.

Congrats on the 5k results too

Just_because_today said...

I think I hate wind more than any other element (other than sleet, that is). I ran a very flat terrain on Sunday in Florida and the wind made it feel like I was going uphill the whole time. Good time for your 5K under those conditions.

Charlie said...

Do you have any plans for a run this coming Saturday. If not would you be interested in a long run (18-20mi)? If you go to my run log and click on my last run entry (11/16) and click on the course, it will pull up a map. I am probably going to run that route again, but change it up slightly.

Charlie said...

No can do on Sunday, baby dedication and lunch with the family to follow. Sorry, perhaps next time. I'll be wanting to go to draper in the next few weeks to do a long trail run to prep for Chisholm's 50k. Maybe we can meet up then, and maybe Joel will be up for some running again by that time.

JenZen said...

Wind is always killer! I don't know what's worse - wind or hills for me. GREAT JOB on the 1st in your age group too. That's awesome!!