I did something already this year that I said I wasn’t going to do – I was disappointed by my time in a race (the Resolution Run 5k) yesterday (New Year’s Day).
I shouldn’t have been bothered by it for lots of reasons – my toe is still recovering, and the last run I did (other than jogging the mile to the gym and back over the prior week) was on December 15th.
This was my surprise race (as mentioned in my last post, I completely forgot I was signed up – I’d registered in October when somebody told me it was a good race, but that it filled up early).
My toe got wrapped up well to protect it from the pounding it was going to get.
I got there early and was just hanging around when I spotted a couple of members of RVRR, so I chased them down and joined them for a warm up – what I wasn’t expecting was the longest warm up for a race that I have ever done but I went along with it anyway. We actually ran almost the entire course (probably about 2.9 miles of it). I wonder if that made me a bit slower (or perhaps it had the opposite effect)?
At the end of the warm up run I got a little concerned as it seemed that my bandage was rubbing a bit between my toes, but I figured I could get through the race and deal with the consequences after (I wished I had brought my Injinji toe socks because that would have helped).
After the warm up I decided it was warm enough (it must have been about 39 degrees) to run in a t-shirt, shorts, long (compression) socks, liner gloves, and a headband (covering the ears), so that was how I was dressed for the race.
I’d been so unprepared for this race that I’d left my Garmin at home so had to run without. I felt really good for the whole race (although I felt my breathing was a bit heavier than usual), but I had no idea how fast I really was – they had a couple of volunteers at the 1 mile and 2 mile marks, but the first was so quiet I couldn’t tell what he said (I think it may have been about 6:15 for the first mile – I went out fast), and the one at the second mile didn’t mention the time at any point when I was within earshot.
So, as I came down towards the finish I was surprised and disappointed to see that it already said over 20 minutes, and my final finishing time was 20:21.98. Now, I really shouldn’t be disappointed with that given what has gone on with my running over the last month and a bit, and I really need to stop doing this to myself. At the end of the day I had a good run, got a nice hoody, and got 3rd in age group (even though I got the prize for second in age group because the guy who was first had already won something because he was so fast – that prize was a pretty nice bag). So, all in all, it was a good run.
When I got home I was exhausted (and a small blister had formed between my toes – it was uncomfortable to walk at the end of the race) – I think all these new classes and the race took their toll on me, and I ended up napping while my lovely wife took the kids down to the park to play with some of their friends.