I have no idea how I finished because I forgot to look a the time clock when I ran passed the finish line, but I’ll figure it out when the results are posted. I ran the Rollin on the River 5k for Easter Seals this past weekend. I talked 2 buddies into running it with me. It was their first race as well. I’d say it went ok. What you don’t realize as a first time racer is that there is relatively little time to catch up to faster runners. So, especially if there are a lot of runners and you can keep a steady pace, you really want to start toward the front because once they say go, it’s sort of a sprint off the line. As the race goes on and people can’t keep a good pace, they’ll fall back.
Another thing I didn’t take into consideration was that I needed to do more than just run. I needed to really run harder and faster than I do in my regular training sessions. I pretty much ran like I was only trying to finish, not like it was a race. When I finished, I realized I really should have tried to go a lot faster rather than just do what I do every day and it really pissed me off that this didn’t occur to me sooner.
Overall, it went fine. Next time I’ll know to run harder and start closer to the front. I don’t know when I’ll run another, but the guys are already sending the emails back and forth about when it’ll be…so probably soon.