Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Great 8k

I always dread getting up early on a Saturday to go do a race, but am always glad I did.  Today was a little different.......

I had pinned my bib to my shirt, under my jacket, but I knew the jacket would be opened before I started and either opened or off by the time I finished.

The chip didn't register!!  How disappointing!  I beat my goal of an hour, and because I didn't see many people that looked my age, I hung around for the awards.  They called the first place in my age group; I didn't remember seeing her (it was a very small race - 137 runners).  Second place - Me: Hey! didn't I pass her?, Third place - Me: I would have sworn I passed her too!  I second guessed myself and thought well, maybe they passed me near the end, but I did not remember anyone passing me the last mile. I passed several in the last mile.

So....I get home, and a few hours later see the results posted online.  I am nowhere to be found. I look at the folks in my age group.  Only four there.  First place was 50:09, second place was 56:42, third place was 1:01:57.  My Garmin TIME WAS 56:02!

I placed second in my age group!  But was no where to be found in the results.  The only thing I can figure is, I had opened my jacket at the start, zipped it up after I crossed the mat at the start, then at some point in the race, pulled it off and tied it around my waist.  As I was coming to the finish line I untied it and held the sides to open it.  I may have had the bottom still zippered, so maybe it was on top of the timing chip.

Well, I am a bit competitive with myself, so I was disappointed that I didn't get my award.  I wonder if that has ever happened to anyone else?

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  1. You did so awesome! What races are on the horizon?

  2. Thanks Mary. I think I'll do a local 5k in April. It is in support of a local doctor's effort for medical help to Haiti. How about you? When is your Marathon relay? (I am sure wishing I could get in on one of those!)

  3. My marathon relay is in May. The Bellin 10k is in June, which I plan on doing. That's a large race. There's usually between 16,000 and 20,000 runners. This is the 40th anniversary, I think, so I imagine it could be larger. And then I think I'll look for a half in the fall. I have to admit, I'm kind of enjoying my shorter runs right now, so I don't even want to think about a fall half yet!

    You should get some running buddies together and do a relay!

  4. I will also plan a fall half marathon, I think. There are two in my area that are about three weeks apart. I might try to do them again this fall. I feel like if you are trained up to at least ten miles, you ought to make the best of it! I'd kind of like to do a destination race, but I have a new grand baby on the way and already have two planned visits to see them (in the UK), and a vacation with my hubby, so I better not add another trip.