Anything is Possible 5K up at UNR. I blogged about this one coming up a couple weeks ago; it's the one that takes place during the Daylight Saving Time switch over (the "fall back") - so that every time should be a negative time. For example, if you started at 1:50 AM, the clocks lose an hour at 2:00 AM, and you run a 30 minute 5K, you'll finish at 1:20 - half an hour before you started! Or something like that...
At any rate, I picked up my bib and t-shirt at the Little Waldorf around 9:30, then went home and set the alarm on my phone for 1:00 AM. At some point during the night, I rolled over and picked it up to take a look, and it said 12:59 - wow, perfect timing! I got up, figuring I had plenty of time to get over to the university, when I saw that our wall clock said 1:35! Somehow my phone froze at 12:59 - good thing I woke up. Threw my gear on, got out to the car (forgetting my camera, so no pictures) and over to UNR to park and get to the start line with about 3 minutes to spare. Didn't even have a chance to get cold before we started running.
And it WAS cold - mid 30s and snowing a bit at the start. But we all warmed up with a quick jaunt uphill before turning and bombing downhill toward the quad. We saw the leaders heading back up the hill before we split off to do a lap around the quad - they were blazing fast! Then we made the turn and crawled up a few sets of hills before passing the stadium and turning into the finish.
I managed to not embarrass myself despite my lack of training, finishing with about 22:20. It looked like that was about 23rd overall, and a 4th place age group. The new insoles I'm trying out, with some posting on the left foot to try to help my ankle, didn't really help - and gave me a decent blister as well. Gonna have to do a little work on those.
Post-race, most of the runners moved over to the Little Wal for complimentary breakfast burritos and cocoa. Hit the spot pretty well at that point. I can't speak for the rest of the crowd, but I took myself home pretty quick and tried to get back to sleep. Another really fun run in the bag.
I hope they do this race again next year - what a great way to mark the changing of the clocks.
Results have been posted. Looks like thanks to 25-39 age groups, I got 11th instead of 4th. Ouch! But, wow - with the walk and the run together, there were more than 200 people out there. Impressive showing!