Friday morning, bright and early, I ran my last 5K of 2008. The final time was 21:08. I did not think I ran it in the most efficient manner. Here are the individual mile times: 6:36, 6:50, and 6:56; the final .1+ miles were 46 seconds – a classic positive split. Kind of a bummer. If I had held back a little in the first mile, I may have finished with a faster time. I really think I could have got 20:59 or better. Oh well, racing is not easy.
It was the first time I entered this one. It is called the “Rise ‘n Shine” 5K because it starts at sunrise the last Friday in September. I am not sure I like early workday morning 5K’s. Sitting all day at a desk for work, after running hard, is not pleasant. The radio station 92 Moose was broadcasting from the race. Their morning DJ, John James, was there. I always pictured him looking like the DJ from the old “WKRP in Cincinnati” television show. The DJ that DESPISED Barry Manilow. I cannot remember the character’s name. 92 Moose’s DJ, John James, didn’t quite look like the TV show’s DJ, but there is a resemblance.
The race started at 6:35AM or so. It was a little late. Sunrise was at 6:32AM. The start was down a hill, but the end was back up it. That was a big reason my first mile was the fastest. The other miles were very flat. The start was near the Kennebec Savings Bank in Augusta. The course went by a fire station, took a sharper than 90 degree right into the Maine State Housing parking lot, out the rail trail a bit, then turned around, and back to the start.
The miles were marked, and the first mile had a timer. My Garmin was spot on for each mile and also at the finish. The race director said the race was wheel measured, and it seems they did a good job getting it right.
Here are the results: http://www.mainetrackclub.com/RiseNShine08.html
One more race this year – the Physical Therapy 8K in October! Thanks for reading this.