Monday, December 24, 2012

Rudolph Run 5K

Last race of 2012 was the Rudolph Run 5K on the morning of Christmas Eve in Shelbyville. When I saw this race, I wasn't planning on doing it since it was an hour away. But a few days before the event, a few of my running buddies from the run group were talking about going. Of course, I was easily convinced to go. Four of us carpooled to race that started at 9am. We got there & registered, then it was out the door for a warmup. Nice & easy 1 mile about 20 minutes before the race. I figured with about 300 runners, I could finish in the top 50 so I wanted to start towards the front. The fun went off & the guy beside me took off, well for 2 steps at least. Then he cut in front of me & slowed down. Out came my elbow with a kind bump to his shoulder & around him I went. The race was on. First 50 yards were fast & furious, then a sharp left turn. After that turn, I settled into my pace. I just the faster ones go as I knew half of them would come back to me. And at the 3/4 mile mark I started picking them off one at a time. And not one of them got back around me. The first 1.5 miles were on a paved path, then then the next 0.5 miles went around a subdivision, & the last 1.1 miles were back on the path. 1 by 1, I just kept picking off positions. With about 1/2 mile to go, I assumed I had moved up to about 20th overall. The last 0.1 was an all out sprint & I could hear someone coming up from behind. No way was I letting them pass me at the line! Finish line time was 20:28, good for 20th overall. After finishing, I watching as my other running partners came in. Three of them got PR's with Liz winning her age group! The top 20 males & top 20 females all got trophies & I was 16th male. Trophy in hand was a good way to finiah off the races for 2012. Can't wait for the 2013 racing season to start.

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