I was able to get a last minute entry into a local 5k this weekend.
I wish I hadn't. I'm not even going to dignify the "race" I ran with a report. Horrible, just horrible.
I've been training great all year but, for some reason, my heart just isn't into the actual races. I've consistently posted slower race times than training times in three consecutive events. I don't have race day anxiousness and excitement anymore. I find myself literally yawning during countdown.
File this under Numbers Lie:
Overall: 21st of 1130
Age group: 3rd of 56
Yippee! Another coffee mug.
You won't be seeing a final finish time posted here as it sucks (compared to what I know I can do - I realize others would like to run my time but I'm speaking only of my own personal competitiveness with my past self). If I had posted this exact same time in either of the last two years, I would have finished no better than 40th overall. In a weird twist, this year's entry numbers were down as was the level of competition so my finish standings look way better than they should be. Don't be fooled, the numbers are lying liars.
I seem to be finishing higher up in my age group for both 5k's this year despite running slower times than the previous year. I figure if I get another 30 seconds slower next year, maybe I'll win my age group!
I'm on vacation now. Another 5k coming this Saturday.