Posted by: Ingrid | September 25, 2010

Fall Family Festival 5K: Sometimes “good enough” is great

Can I just say that I love these tiny small-town events?

Today’s field of runners and walkers was somewhere around 100 people.  And really, considering the fact that it was cold and windy and horribly hilly, that’s a decent showing.  It was also the first time the Jackson Fall Family Festival did a 5K as part of their weekend events.

I drove the course last night and cried.  Now, I don’t normally cry over hilly courses, but I felt like I had so much riding on this last 5K before winter and seeing all the hills on top of feeling very tired all week was incredibly disappointing.  Next time I will pre-view the course before signing up and also wait until later to register so that I can check on the weather!  Plus, in the original plan this was supposed to be a fun group activity with several friends getting together to run the event at our respective speeds.  Problem was, I committed and then everyone else backed out.

So it was cold and windy and I kind of hoped I would wake up feeling sick so I could just not go.  Instead, me and my cheering squad headed out for the 10:00 am start.

I was right.  It was hard and hilly and the wind was in our faces a good portion of the time.  I don’t know who came up with this course but it was either a non-runner or a runner with a chip on his or her shoulder (“when I was a runner I did 5K’s in the snow, uphill, both, ways, and it never took more than 13 minutes flat!”).  Despite the odds I felt like I gave it my best and I set a new PR for myself: 20:36.  I did not get the long-coveted under-twenty-minute time that I was secretly hoping for, but since I knocked 35 seconds off my time in May (under ideal conditions) I feel like I can confidently say that I’ve gotten faster!

The best part about running with such a small crowd was the fact that I came in third overall and was the first women finisher.  They had an award ceremony but the cold wind and Isaac’s leaking diaper took precedence.  Fortunately I have a fantastic husband who thought that we needed to go out to breakfast to celebrate.  I love that man!

I’m so glad to be done with 5K’s for the year!  Hurray!  Now, on to the half marathon in two weeks…

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  1. wohoooo! awesome! if you improved by 35 seconds and your new PB is 20:36, it sounds like you are just about one race away from a sub-20. Sure you don’t want to squeeze in one more 5 km this year?

    • It is tempting. I guess I’m a little afraid that I will just get slower after my half marathon in a few weeks (though of course that’s not necessary!). Partly it involves finding a 5K nearby in late October where the course is flat and the weather is good. You know how tricky weather can get in late fall in this part of the world! 🙂 But I suppose I am keeping my options open because that would be very nice closure for running in 2010.

  2. Amazing time!!


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