A month ago, I wasn’t even planning to run this race (I sorta knew about it, but never knew anyone who ran it), so I guess I shouldn’t be too disappointed with my time of 30:56. A. my hip flexor is still pretty sore and I’m a little surprised that the pain is still so noticeable. B. it was SO crowded along the sidewalks and pedestrian bridges over the river, that even when I did feel like picking up my pace, I couldn’t. I’m sorry, but strollers and dogs really don’t belong in a race. And C. I just didn’t care that much about my time today. It was a truly beautiful morning and the route was so scenic along the Charles, that I just wanted to take it all in.
I knew it was going to be interesting when my running watch failed to connect to GPS until a minute into my run. I literally hit the “start run” button a solid 3 minutes before the gun went off, and even kinda hung off to the side before crossing the start line to see if it would ever connect, but eventually I said, “Screw it!” and took off. Garmin really needs to improve their products. I can understand when it’s cloudy or rainy, but there was hardly a cloud in the sky!
At one point during the first mile, I looked at my wrist and it said I was at a 14:00-something pace. Within a few seconds, it flew up to 8:00-something, then back to a mid-9:00, where it should’ve been. I eventually gave up trying to pace myself with the watch and just ran at a comfortable pace, and tried to increasingly pick it up each mile, but that’s when it got really crowded. I wish I was able to come even a little close to guessing my pace, but I can’t. Turns out my splits were 10:03, 10:01, and 9:16, but I’m not sure how believable that it because it did miss the first 0.05 miles, and then I completely forgot to “end my run” until I was well into my first beer at the post-race party.
Either way, it was a fun day and not too terrible of a race considering A, B, and C.
Up next is the BAA 5K in 34 days and the Long Meddowe Days Road Race in 69. The latter is on a Saturday, and the Harpoon 5-Miler is the following day. That one is wicked hard to get into, and they’ve made it a lottery system. It would suck to get in and your friends don’t, so I’m still not sure if I want to even try. So, we’ll see. After that weekend, I’ll have a month to prepare for the 10K but hopefully I’m much further along in my training by then.
I just need this dang hip to heal. I’m still planning to go to my Monday night tabata class at the gym tomorrow night, unless work prevents me from doing so for like the third or fourth week in a row.