14th Tim Plum 5/10K Fub Run, Lake Forest IL
For the second year, in a row, I took part in our running club's holiday race, which also raises donations for local food pantries and shelters. This time around, though, Mrs G (Library Chick) decided to run the 5 K also. This is the first run for her at this length, and I think her second overall (where she's running the whole thing).
There's about 200 runners who take part, about 2/3 running the 10K. Good weather, cloudy and about 42*. Everyone runs together for about the first 2K. Last year's 5K was only 3.7 ( 8O ) but they got it right this time around - actually about 5.05 K. At about 12 minutes, there's about five of us together, with a woman about 100m in front. I get past her, and figure OK, there's got to be some x-c types way up in front. But I see the turn-around point, and there's nobody coming back toward me. It sinks in...
ME, GRETRIEVER, IN FIRST PLACE. THIS IS NOT PART OF THE SCRIPT.
Now I have to figure: How do I run when I'm in the lead? Where is everyone else? Do I try to get into a higher gear, or coast? How long before someone passes me? I run faster (I know, but try to picture it anyway).
I somehow get to the end, and enter the train station. In there are the Club President (who's a qualifier for the Olympic Marathon trial) and a jazz band. She asks "How do you feel?""Pretty good.""You know you're the first one in? Congratulations!" Then it sinks in: I won this frickin' race. NOT age group. NOT all males. THE WHOLE THING!
Trot back to the finish and wait for LC. She comes in at :37:12.34, a sub-12 minute pace for her first 5K - I am very proud of her . Of course being a fub run, there are no awards (figures), but I was given a couple water bottles, I'll make one of those my trophy. Oh, the time was 25:58:59, an 8:17 pace.
And finally, on the canine front. There were six Goldens running, two Weimeraners, and a Basset Hound. As it did finish the race, the Basset is being tested for steroids as I write this. :P