November’s race was the Grub Run 5K. This is the third year for this race which goes to benefit a food pantry at a local church. The church also has a silent auction in conjunction with the race. This event is about as close to home as it gets–literally less than a mile the way the crow flies. It’s always nice to support something local, and especially nice when it’s right in your own town and/or neighborhood.
Within the last couple of weeks, the winds have turned around to the north, and it has cooled off. This makes for perfect running weather; however, I’m not used to the cooler weather quite yet. I’ve been drinking lots of warm drinks and trying to stay warm.
At start time, it was about 45 degrees. Again, perfect running weather. I always start out with gloves, a jacket, and something to cover my ears in this type of weather, but it never stays on for long.
Since I’m still recovering from my ankle sprain, I’m using the run/walk/run method. I had decided to go with a pace of running for one minute then walking for one minute which would mean that I would run half of the race. I use a tabata timer on my phone to tell me when to run and when to walk. “Walk” in this instance means to walk at a swift pace, not to walk like it’s an afternoon stroll in the park. My ankle was pretty sore Thursday and Friday after running Wednesday night. I tried to take it easy Thursday and Friday, and I was relieved to have my ankle feeling pretty good Saturday morning.
This race had a lot of hills and wouldn’t you know that it worked out that I had to run up every one of them! But, with the one minute walks, the hills didn’t seem bad at all. For the first two miles, I pretty well kept pace with the same people. Some of them I’d pass, then they’d pass me, and we kept playing the passing game. However at mile three, I started leaving people behind.
I was expecting my time on this race to be one of my slowest. However, once I saw the clock, I knew it wasn’t! I was even more surprised to be first in my age group.
After the race, there was a pancake breakfast and silent auction that could be enjoyed during the award ceremony. I did great in the award ceremony, but struck out in the silent auction.
Once I got home, I decided to compare my time with my other races. Out of 18 races that I’ve participated in so far, my time on this race came in fourth. When looking at my one mile splits, my pace got faster with each mile. I am sold on the run/walk/run method!
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35