I ran a road race today! I thought it would be my speedwork today. I wasn't particularly speedy, with a time of 49.40. Perhaps I shouldn't have drank so much wine last night...I was standing on the starting line just unmotivated to be there. I wondered if I could just wander away from the start, if anyone would notice. I wondered what on earth I was doing on asphalt.
As the race started, I also realized I should not have picked one of my older pairs of road shoes. After 400 or so miles, they weren't holding much cushion.
There was 2030 runners for this 2 and 5 mile race. Luckily, the 2 miler seemed to be the big attraction and there was probably 500 or so 5 mile runners. I really wasn't used to such a big crowd of runners, people bouncing up and down, stretching..I was doing my usual stand in one spot and conserve energy, it's hard to get out of ultra mode...
It was a nice course, just some tiny little rolling hills. I did have to snort when I came upon the first water stop, right after the first mile mark. (It is a really nicely put on race.) ?WTF? Was there really a need for water after one mile? Apparently a bunch of runners felt there was and stopped. There was also water stops at miles 2,3 and 4. My mouth was a bit dry but I didn't see the need for water.
Another strange thing I noticed was the amount of headphones being worn. And, as we ran, the silence. There was no chatter! I've gotten so used to conversations that I felt like I was in a library.
Well, each mile went by pretty fast, and before I really thought about it, I hit mile 4. I mananged to chick 4 guys in the last mile and finished in 49.40. Since I figured I wasn't going to win any AG awards with a time like that, I got some food and headed for home!
Kind of a boring post, but kind of a boring race. Trails have spoiled me.