Another weekend of back to back races! Due to work schedules I was unable to run the Craft Brew Race in Stowe, but there was a 5K right in my town so it was easy to make the substitution. And I’m so glad I did! (More on that in the recap.)
Race #13 | Bemis Associates 5K
Since I worked the 3-11 shift on Friday night, finding a race that was so close to home was extremely beneficial. The start line was just over a mile from my house! I could wake up at 8 and be there to start at 9. The race was very small, only being the second year, but there was some great energy in the group. We did some dynamic warm ups before the start and right at 9 we were off. The route was one big loop, in an area of Shirley that I’ve never ran before. The majority of the course was flat, with a few rolling hills. The entire last mile was downhill, and I coasted in for a finish of 27:54.
And with that time I placed 3rd in my age group! First time getting a medal for placing. At this finish line there were children giving out American flags (Saturday was Flag Day) and wet washcloths (although the temp was cool, it was a bit humid). They were much appreciated.
Race #14 | Worcester Running Festival – Harvard Pilgrim 5K
Phew, quite the mouthful. I wasn’t sure what to think going in to this race due to the fact that I didn’t get to sleep until 1 this morning and I had to be up at 5:45 to make it to Worcester for the 7:15 start. I was a bit tired, but the sunny and windy weather was enough to make me think that the race would turn out all right. It ended up starting at 7;30 and the wind was just enough to keep us from overheating. I’m very thankful for the early start.
The race wound through Worcester and only included small hills for the first 2 miles. About half a mile from the finish line, however, there was a pretty steep hill to get over. Thankfully it was shaded and I knew at the top that it would be all downhill from there. And it certainly was! Look at that finish.
Division (F 1-39): 21/66
I am very happy with that!
And now I’m ready to sleep until tomorrow afternoon.
14 down, 16 to go! Next up is the BAA 10K this Sunday! Cannot wait.
Any races for you this weekend? Have you ever ran on less-than-optimal sleep?