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For Childrens Health, Mine too (race report)

I am not sure I was nervous or just excited but it seemed real weird showing up to a race again.  Maybe it was because it was new race in a new place. 

I saw 97+ totally new faces and none that I recognized.  I mean I have been going to the same races (except the marathons) for the past two years or more.  You get to know the faces if not the names.  You see people you know and the organizers.  It is a familiar thing.  I like the familiar.  I would say you get to know the courses after racing them for over 2 years but that wouldn’t be the case, would it. 

I’m looking at you, Hermes Cleveland.  Come on, would it hurt to just use last years course.  It is like that exit on the freeway that says no re-entry.  Honestly, its not like you have to live there for the rest of time but three Cleveland 10  milers and 3 courses, 3 St. Malachi’s and 6 courses.  (it is 2 races, a 2 and 5 miler), the list goes on and on.  Except for Tackle the Tower, still up all of those stairs.  Rocky would have been hard pressed to lift his hands in triumph after those.  Well, there is some solidarity in Cleveland, NCN Racing.  Rick, you stick to a course and that is that.  The familiar.  Hermes I still love you. 

Well, I went to the 2nd Run for Children’s Health 5k in Wilmington, DE.  I got there and did the standard form fill and pay.  I got the number and pinned it on.  Then I looked around and the familiar was out the door.  I knew nobody and my Athletic Supporters were not in town.  I really miss them.  Well, there was some talking about the benifit and the sponsors.  You know, that old bag.  Then I do what it I do when I don’t know what to do.  I followed others.  This is where not being a gazelle is a good thing.  Imagine if I was a front runner and did not know the course. 

Some guy at the start line said something (remember this) and then the air horn started it off.  It was so cute there were a plethora of children running/walking the 5k.  So as kids always do they took off at a sprint.  They kept going for a long while till they peeled off.  It was awesome.  We can only hope they keep with it and run in the future.  I did get dusted by one 12 year old that is cool.  Well, I was off and things felt real good.  My legs had already warmed up prior to the race.  The course took us around the Wilmington River Front and Baseball stadium.  I got the 1 mile mark and receivedmy first letdown.  No split time.  I really rely on those to judge how I am pacing myself.  I can adjust in the secondmile to conserve or turn on the jets.  Without, a split I am lost.  Well, what could I do, quit?  The second mile was more of the same.  Push and push some more.  I got to the 2 mile marker and realized that I pushed a little harder than I had intended and purposely wrenched it back a little.

Shortly after that I realized what the Starter dude had said.  It had been raining earlier in the morning.  Pretty hard and there were some puddles and standing water.  There was also some parts of the course where ther standing water crossed the entire street.  No where to go but… wet.  No biggy but I just hadn’t thought about it prior.  Splash on through and half a mile later I was finished. 

25:12 at an 8:08 pace,  28th overall and 4th in division.  Not a bad start after my recovery.  The brain was right.  “It’s on.”  Don’t tell the brain though.  I cannot wait for the next race.  Perhaps some familiar will creep into my racing again.


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