The 2nd annual Run Run Rudolph 5k and Other Reindeer Games in Huntington. It's a fun little race.
Saturday morning was wet, but warm-ish. It wasn't pouring rain, but there were drizzles here and there. I had a slight ear ache and was feeling tired, so I didn't have any big expectations for the race. I also had another race the next day and that one was my "A race" for the weekend, so I knew I was going to take it easy at this one. I've been running really slow lately, and knew this race wasn't going to be the exception. I just wanted to go out and have some fun.
I took off too fast at the start, but settled pretty quickly into what I thought would be a good pace. I felt ok until about the halfway point, and then started to tire. It was a mental thing - the halfway point was right by what was the finish to the half I ran back in November. So I kind of felt like I should've been done when I saw the football stadium. But I wasn't done - I had about a mile and a half to go, in the opposite direction from that finish line. But the brain, holding the power it does over the body, told me that I was tired and that the pace I was running was too fast. It wasn't really, but I started to slow down anyway and walked a few short sections in the last mile.
Somewhere about halfway up the uphill (not steep, but kinda long) at the end of the race, I started to hear the cheers from the finish line. I don't care how tired you are or how bad you're feeling at the end of a race, those cheers, even if they're not specifically for you, really give you a boost and an added pep in your step, so to speak. I crossed the finish line with a smile (maybe not literally, but I was smiling on the inside).
Run Run Rudolph 5k, 12/8/12
Avg. pace per mile:
Overall: 132 out of 258
Age Group: 10 out of 24