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Mind games and shoe games in a 5k

Saturday, December 03, 2016

My streak is intact. I have won some age group award every year that I've run in our town's annual Christmas Classic 5k including 10 straight since retiring in 2007
It's been my good fortune to share the course and my age group with some very competitive women from a nearby city. Years ago I blogged that even if I could not dream of catching the fastest of the "energizer bunnies," my goal was to at least keep them in sight. I gave them that title once when I watched them power up the long, steep hill (1/3 mile). They just kept going and going and going. I meanwhile took walk breaks.

This year I trained on that big steep hill for a few weeks. The top represents the halfway point of the 5k. My first mile was 9:15, probably went out a little too fast, but I felt good. Even with SOME walking, I reached the top of the hill at 15 flat. Oh boy, maybe there's a course PR in my future?

It was not to be. I did go out a little too fast and then my SHOELACE became untied! The same as at my last 5k in October! That really messed up my head as I maneuvered over to the side to retie it thinking how could I not have checked my laces. I'm not a novice at this. I've been running for 30 years!

On the final uphill I reverted to my "walk some now so I can finish really strong" mentality. 31:40 was good enough for 3rd place in 65-69 age group and actually 40 seconds faster than last year when I didn't have any "equipment failure."

First place ran a 28 and 2nd place a high 30. I'm happy. While I do like to get hardware as a reward, I also want to finish feeling good and smiling for the camera. I did that. Also I beat all the "energizers" in one respect. I'm the first one to "age up." I'll be 70 in June. They have a few years to go.

Here we are. I love the useful awards - a ceramic mug and a tree ornament.

DD#1 won 2nd place in the 45-49 age group. She's Hayburner1969 on Spark but not very active now that she's returned to piano competition.

Here's our team or as many of the 54 who arrived in time for the picture.
I just learned that we were a close 2nd in the team competition to the "Blue Ridge Trail Runners"

The top 5 runners on each team score points. Not bad for a group which is together because of something other than athletic ability.

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