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Wow. I could not but help to post this over the lunch hour. Official results form my Saturday 5K, the Canal Days 5K in New Haven, Indiana, were posted this morning.
Official Time: 29:01 (My watch was spot on!)
Age Group Placing (Female 20 to 29): 3/9
Overall Placing: 40/62
Once again I was beat out in my age group by a 28-year-old and a 29-year-old. I’m holding out hope I will be tearing it up in a few years! But I should be receiving a certificate in the mail for my third place. From the looks of things I was angry during this race! Haha!! I still stand by my statement — I pushed it to the limit!
This is the third year I have done this race. I swear it has the longest title. I ran the Canal Days 5K on Saturday in New Haven, Indiana. This race previously went by the name Bulldog Blast.
Un-Official Time: 29:01*
Age Group Placing: TBA
Overall Placing: TBA
*This was my second best 5K time ever. I was about 16-seconds from my PR. Official race results have not been posted yet.
I was very happy to get a course PR in this race Saturday and also improve my 5K time from two weeks ago by about 25 seconds. In 2010 this race really beat me up as the start time was at 10 a.m. and I nearly fainted from heat exhaustion. It took me more than 33 minutes to run the course that year. The year before, in 2009, I ran this race as a very fresh runner. I wore cotton. I had no idea what I was doing.
It’s great to see how far I’ve come in my running journey. I knew what to expect as the course is the same every year. I knew how to better prepare, more hydration and I knew to wear this time. The race is very small. Less than 100 participants every year I have run it. The entry fee is cheap, only $12 per person and proceeds go toward the New Haven High School Track Team. Of course, the track team is also notorious for running in this 5K, with team members often winning for both male and female overall runners.
Temperatures were mild, low 70s and the rain held off … almost … just a few sprinkles. My only complaint weather-wise was the humidity, which can play a toll on my breathing. I ran hard, and afterward I don’t really think I could have run any harder. I always feel more proud of my performance when I can say that. Knowing the race territory I knew what I was getting into. Always a good thing.
I like this race because it is small-town, cheap and features the New Haven High School bulldog mascot, who is kinda cute. And look who showed up. The Sun Runner from Running into the Sun! We had a little bloggy meetup. The SunRunner and her BF showed up after I extended an invite to the race a few weeks prior. Sun Runner is injured right now so she took part in the race by walking. I’m sure she will be able to blog about her personal experience with that. I swore up and down that in 2009 there were several walkers at the race. This year, not so much.
Humidity. I almost always find some weather “factor” to gripe about. The race start was rather abrupt this year. Literally the organizer was like “We will go on a ready, set.” Then he literally said “Ready, set” immediately afterward. I had to sprint at the start just so I didn’t get run over. And there were not even that many people there.
I was a bit ill-prepared the morning of the race. I hit the snooze and then took too long getting ready. I fell into that whole “Oh, the race is just down the road – We have plenty of time.” In reality we ended up getting there about 12 minutes before the race start. Really bad I know. I told the husband I took total blame on that one. I thought the shirts this year were ugly. A gray and red shirt with black and purple print. I also did not receive a race shirt due to some type of mishap with the order. My shirt is supposed to arrive in the mail at a later date, or so I am told. Certificates for age group winners are also supposed to be sent out.
Getting so close to a PR but not quite there. On a side not there was a prize drawing at the end of the race and I received a car wash coupon and a free but totally random shirt. The shirt is advertising a “Craig’s List” type service available on the New Haven Indiana online newspaper site, The New Haven Bulletin. It was free and it was a size small. Who knows where I will wear this thing though. (Sun Runner you need to share your comments on the shirts as well.)
About Holly Hammersmith
Holly Hammersmith is an independent writer and editor. She blogs about how to keep a healthy home and lifestyle. Topics include running, yoga, organic gardening, nutrition and more. Holly lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, daughter and rescue dog Lulu.