Date : March 18, 2007
Location : Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA
Race : Team Asha 5K/10K
Time : 22:33
My first 5K in almost 3 years. What a difference lack of speedwork makes!
I have enjoyed myself the past couple of years running ultramarathons without worrying about time. I substituted speedwork and training runs at a particular pace with long runs done purely for the distance.
I showed up at the inaugural Team Asha 5K/10K run to demonstrate my support for their cause.
My plan was to run/walk with Anu and Sam in the 5K but decided to run the distance as a race almost at the last moment.
The race started at about 9:20 a.m. The first mile felt a bit uncomfortable. I had not warmed up but had spent time chatting with friends. Mile marker 1 came and went by in 6 minutes 15 seconds. I was the first person to split from the 10K runners so I knew that I was in first place at that time.
The final stretch, with the Finish line visible straight ahead, was about 0.3 miles long. I could see Anthony powering up ahead. I continued to lay it all out on the line and was 4-5 paces from the Finish when a runner named Jose zoomed past me into 2nd place. What a race he must have run!
I finished in 22:33, a minute and 27 seconds slower than my 2003 5K PR of 21:06.
I was happy as I always am. Running is a gift and I am always happy to start and finish a run without injuries.
The race was a lot of fun. I hung around for the award ceremony (I got a $20 gift certificate from Sports Basement for my 3rd place finish).