This morning, Jennie and I did the Calvin Spring Classic 5k. Jennie picked this one out for her April race not knowing that she was going to run the 5k at Glass City as well. That makes it two races in April for her.
Note: I am not wearing my favorite orange shirt for this race. I got this one for free and it is actually the same exact type of shirt as the orange one, just a different color and design. I now have two awesome race shirts.
My friend Rob and his wife Sheri also signed up for this race. Rob is a Calvin College graduate so he knew quite a few people there. This was Sheri’s first ever organized 5k. She was on our Frostbite Marathon Relay team back in January and I think she might have caught the running bug.
Because we only live a couple miles from Calvin College, we decided that I would jog and Jennie would bike up to the race. It ended up being an easy 2.25 miles each way. It ended up being a great way to warm up and cool down.
Packet pickup was race morning and was fairly straight forward. It was really nice because A) they made sure you actually got the shirt size you registered for (if you pre-registered) and B) all you got was your bib and shirt – no extra bag with junk we don’t need. The race was timed with the new-ish B-Tags. If you haven’t seen these yet, they are two plastic strips on the back of your bib number. They seem to work, but I don’t like them because it prevents you from being able to crumble up your race number. I usually will ball my race number up before a race because I have found that it lays flatter. I don’t know what was wrong with the plastic chips or the D-Tags, but it seems like every year they are introducing a new timing system.
After hanging around with Rob and Sheri for a bit, we decided to get lined up. Huge props to the race director for doing his part to get people to line up where they should. He made multiple announcements to make sure walkers/strollers were in the back and to make sure you were lined up according to your pace and level of seriousness. It worked for the most part, but there were still 3, pre-teens lined up 5 feet from the starting line with their dad. They hung on for about the first 100 yards at which point I can only assume they were trampled by the 500 people that they should have been behind in the first place. I guess that is why they make you sign a release form for these things.
The race was started by a guy who almost died on the course last year. He was walking the 5k when he collapsed of a massive heart attack only 400 yards from the finish. Volunteers and other race members (one a doctor) rushed to his aid and are credited with saving his life. He gave a few words of thanks to everyone who helped and prayed for him before firing the starter pistol.
The race went pretty well for me. I wasn’t going for a PR, but I wanted to stay under 20 minutes.
It wasn’t very congested at all at the start (except for the 3 misplaced pre-teens). I immediately got out and found a good pace. I knew the first mile was going to be the hilliest and even so, it was pretty flat. Right before the first mile, Rob caught up to me and passed me up. His goal was to be under 21 minutes.
Mile 1: 6:05
Mile 2 was mainly an out and back. I could see the leaders in front of me still when we hit the turn around. After the turn around, I was able to spot both Jennie and Sheri (who was running with her dad) and gave them both a cheer. By the end of mile 2, I had caught back up to Rob.
Mile 2: 6:26
Rob and I ran the first part of mile 3 together before I widened the gap. My next victim was a guy I had been chasing all morning. He was wearing sweat pants and what looked like hiking shoes (not trail running shoes). My ego got the best of me and I could not let this guy beat me. As I was closing the distance, he stopped and started walking with the finish line in sight. I cheered him on and told him he was almost done and hang in there. I felt bad because that is not the way I wanted to pass him. I wanted a leave-it-all-on-the-course-gut-it-out-to-the-finish sprint.
Mile 3: 6:26, Final .1 5:59 pace.
My overall time was 19:44 officially and I am very pleased with that. I met my goal of staying under 20 but didn’t quite hit my PR. I was actually really comfortable with my pace and didn’t feel like I was going 100% at all. I think I could probably ramp it up next time and go for sub 19:30. Right after finishing, I ran back to Jennie’s bike to grab the camera.
I got back just in time to Jennie and Sheri finish up. Rob ended up finishing about 30 seconds behind me, well under his goal of 21 minutes, so I didn’t get a picture of him.
Jennie hauling it in for a strong finish and ANOTHER PR! You’ll have to wait for her race report for all the details though. I won’t ruin it for her. Let’s just say that when I saw her and saw the clock, I was cheering my head off. Proud of you babe!
|Age Group Place:||4/17|
|Run Pace:||6:22 min/mile|