I've had a weird couple of weeks in running.
After a foot injury up on the Tahoe Rim Trail a couple weeks ago, I took a few days off running to let it recover. Then ran 3-5 miles a few times to test it out, and it felt pretty much 100%. Weekend houseguests and other life-type things didn't let me run much last week, and Thursday evening I went through a bout of 101 degree fever with uncontrollable shivering. Stayed home from work Friday, and by the evening I was ready to do a few easy miles to see how I felt for the Tahoe Rim Trail 50k on Saturday. The Moonlight Madness 5K presented a good opportunity to get out and have a little jog with friends.
This race has been run in December the last couple years. I hope they do the winter version of it again this year as well, because it's a fun race, and about a mile from my house. (Rode my bike down to it this year.) Bur fellow Team Library Dorkers Amber and Dave were going to be running it this year, and Chris was going to show up and see how he felt. (Not solid enough to run, unfortunately. Sorry, man...)
First off went the kids race - a half miler and a one mile, for different ages. Amber's kids ran the mile, and seemed to have a good time. Unfortunately, they ran out of medals in between when they finished, so one twin got one and the other didn't. Kind of a bummer. Here's some photos of them:
We watched the 10K start:
And then lined up for the 5K start. Had to take a picture of pink tights guy:
Most of my pictures during the race ended up pretty blurry. Here's one of Amber and Dave, for example:
After a turn, some of the race stretched out behind us:
As it got a little darker, my autoflash triggered. I don't think Amber was expecting it...
I was figuring about 30 minutes would be a good leisurely pace for this course. Ended up at 29:58, so that was about right. Everything felt good, so I was ready to head up to Spooner Lake in the morning for the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K.