So I did it. I signed up and ran one more 5K. I found I had the day off and I had been feeling a vague bit of boredom and dissatisfaction with “things” in general. So what do I do, but sign up for a short race the distance of which I am not fond of. Of course!
The race did not start off well…. The race really sold, and there were apparently over 500 participants, soooo, immediately they had run out of T shirts and race bags. So, I was handed a plastic bag with a variety of paper adverts in it. I don’t think I need to tell you that was a waste of plastic and paper. I was told I could pick up my shirt later. (I live about 1 hr 45 min away…so unless they mail it to me, I won’t be getting a shirt!) Normally I might not care but this shirt was gorgeous!!!!
I eventually shook that off as really in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that critical. I do after all, own clothing.
We all lined up, as always the race director gave a little speech with a megaphone that no one could hear because of the crowd noise. People did manage to get all crowded in so they could run over the Dtag mats. Oddly again, a variety of walkers started out in the front. Long bands of them, 4-8 across. I started to jog and sort of manuver around them, and was surprised to see a variety of them look upset and offended when several rather fast guys and gals just simply shouted out “on your left/right” and hurdled past them at about 6-7 min mile paces. I never really get why anyone walking a race would start up front in a running race, or walk right in the middle of the course rather than on the left or right side. I mean I just don’t get it. Since the race was timed with the Dtag, it didn’t matter where you started. If you stepped on the mats your actual time was recorded, not the gun time.
Indialantic Beach is really a nice little town which is right on the Beach and as most coastal places in Florida, FLAT. I did not use my ipod this time as the shuffle was broken and it seemed to me that some of my issues in the last few races had been related to me not hearing things due to the ipod! I focused instead on the Garmin, and going through my normal run at home. Every time I felt tired, I would think, “Well if you were running at home, you’d be having to go up a (little, big gnarly) hill here.” That tended to help me along. Even though we were right by the beach the course actually just went through a residential neighbourhood, away from the beach… So unfortunately during the race there were no really good beach views. There was however a great sea breeze, sponsored I am sure by Igor.
And we had very enthusiastic volunteers. One thing I loved is that the volunteers at the turns all wore enormous foam fingers!
and they used the fingers to point the way. I tried to thank many of them, but I think I missed a few of them. I noticed that I was the only one doing it at first, but that by the end some of the women behind me also had starting thanking the volunteers. They deserve thanks. To stand out on a street alone for 1 hour just watching people huff on by can not be too too exciting. They remained enthusiastic to the end!
At the end there was Pizza and oranges as well as water and gatorade. I partook int he oranges and water, but skipped the Pizza. I still think the Pizza post race was Genius though!!!! I did unfortunatly miss any awards presentations and such as I decided I was at the beach, I should go any enjoy it….by the time I got off the beach it was raining and everyone was packing up….
The beach was great!
There were several surfers taking advantages of the big swell caused by Igor. I even went in up to my knees and found the waves to be powerful enough that they almost knocked me over. As a plus, I spotted a juvenile Black Skimmer, a bird I had never personally seen before…
I had my best time of the summer, which is not speedy but was 37.02. This I know is a pretty terrible 5K time, but I remain pleased with it because I started out in July with a 40 min 5K time which shamed me…so I’ve improved, either I have figured out how to run a race, or I have actually gotten faster, or a little bit of both…
That said, Kudos to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society of Brevard County. They put on a nice race!!!