Well, it did rain today. But, my race went on away. And, boy, was it a big one. There were 908 people running in this one. Yes, nine hundred and eight!
My time for the race was 25 minutes and 6 seconds on my GPS and 25 minutes and 20 seconds on the race clock. (My GPS also matched my chip time in the race results.)
The GPS reading for me was interesting since it said that I ran 3.13 miles in that time. This breaks down to an average pace of an 8-minute mile, exactly, on the nose. And, I am pretty sure that this is the first time I have run a 5K at an overall pace of 8:00/mi.
I was really feeling it at the end. But, I pushed through to the finish line.
In the end, according to the online official results, there were 908 runners in the race – and I finished 230th overall.
Also per the results, I finished 174th out of the 452 men running the race. And, lastly, I finished 19th out of the 55 men who ran the race between the ages of 45 and 49.
There were a lot of serious runners in this one – I suspect because it was a USATF Sanctioned Event.
So, I have now run five 5K races since finishing C25K. In my first race, I finished 91st out of 317. In my second race, I finished 207th out of 615. In my third race, I finished 36th out of 206. In my fourth race, I finished 99th out of 418. And, today, in my fifth race, I finished 230th out of 908.
Yeah, nine-oh-eight. Look at me running in a race with 907 other people – and finishing in the top 25%. Given my “running” history, and my short experience in racing, I will take it.