Since yesterday morning's planned 20-mile long run got cut down to 5 due to me still feeling under the weather, I had the energy to head out for a 5K this morning. The Scheels in Sparks was hosting another race, like the Spark-a-delic 5K they did last fall. Slightly different course, due to construction, bu still pretty flat and fast.
Half of Team Library Dork (slowrunner77 and High Altitude Dawg) were doing the Daffodil Run 5K up in Grass Valley, so I met our other member, Amber and a friend of hers, Ben, out at Scheels, got registered and warmed up a little. We all gathered across the parking lot from Scheels by the Best Buy, kind of heard race instructions, then before we knew what was happening, an air horn blew and we were off. Boy, everyone started fast - I think they were startled by the horn more than anything. We all settled into our paces and got down to business.
I was thinking I'd try to run about 6:30 miles, and see if I had anything left at the end to push and try to get under 20:00. Looking back at my splits, that fast start gave me a 6:11 first mile, then I settled down for a 6:32 second mile. A few people passed me in the first mile, and I tucked in a little ways behind the third place female, who was hitting a perfect pace for me. Apparently I picked it up in the last mile - my pace was 6:21, and I passed a few people back. I was intentionally not looking at my time until I was pretty close, and was surprised to see that I was heading to finish around 19:00. Pushed as hard as I could through the finish (but apparently not as hard as someone in front of me, who barfed all over the finish line) and got myself through in under 19:00 - 18:58.
Grabbed some sports drink to refuel, and waited for Amber and Ben, who came in right around 26:00. As we recovered and chatted, they posted the results, which had me down as 11th overall and winning my age group, and Amber 2nd in hers! Unfortunately, by the time they gave out the awards, they had amended the results to put me in 2nd for my AG as well, and 12th overall. Oh, well - still pretty happy. Brought home a medal and a $10 Scheels gift card. Cool morning.
Results have been posted, and they are WAY off on my time - they have me at 21:51. That's over three minutes off what I had!? Don't know whether I should contact anyone about it or not...