At first, I kind of ignored the St. Patrick’s 5K Run (sorry, TJ) but I registered after talking to Chui and learned that I could get a deep “Staff” discount :D. Oh, and it being a Saturday race meant I didn’t have to sacrifice a long (16K) Sunday run! Important factors, you know. ;)
The race headquarters were at Brockton Clubhouse in Stanley Park that has a non-descript ground floor and an English-style pub upstairs. People were milling about in costumes and music was blasting that it felt like a frat house party… from what I know of them from television!
Costumes, you say? We were invited to wear green and some people did it in spades. I admired the many outfits and green touches: grass skirts, green fake eye lashes, green wig, green hair ribbons and temporary green glitter shamrock tattoos; a guy concocted an all-green outfit of too-tight (stuffed) short shorts, t-shirt, and a cape while another guy was shirtless but wore a green propeller-topped beanie hat, suspenders, and green shorts!
So what about that race? Fortunately, it was short enough for a more detailed re-cap than my usual re-caps.
The start of the race was anti-climactic. The crowd was ambling towards the start line that the elite athletes had a minute start already! The first quarter mile was a human obstacle course with all the casual walkers to dodge. It was worse when the Seawall narrowed and passing walkers and slower runners meant running on to the treacherously inclined grass.
With a kilometer marker handy, I noted I had completed the first K in 5:43 — good start. I marveled at there being a timing mat around 1.75K but it turns out it was for the “Gleukos Power Mile” where the fastest male and female milers got $50 each. I wonder how fast my first mile was….? There were no more kilometer markers after that.
At 15 minutes, I took a break for 45 seconds. TJ inquired, “Did you need to?” Well… yeah. I was out of breath within 90 seconds. If I adopted the trick of chasing after someone ahead, the tattooed Ironman finisher ahead of me who kept stopping was not the person to chase.
Did I need to stop at 20 minutes for 45 seconds? No. =S I would say that I was feeling really discouraged by the sluggish feeling as if I wasn’t getting anywhere during the stretch between 2 and 3.5K.
The course was gently rolling but no part of it resembled the nasty hills we do repeats on either in incline or distance.
It wasn’t until the last 800 meters that I felt like it was a race. Almost predictably, my muscles finally woke up at 4K and I didn’t feel like molasses. I could feel my racing form and motored towards the finish line all the while fantasizing tripping and falling flat on my face before the mat. :P
My final time was 27 minutes 20 seconds. It is a time on par with an unofficial race we did last summer on a 5K-ish course. Good!
Compared to the $20-25 registration, I paid just $10 :D so whatever swag I got was good: Promax in Nutty Butter Crisp (the Cookies ‘n’ Cream flavour rocks), a souvenir beer glass that has been re-purposed, Cyclomax energy gel, oh, and another reuseable cloth bag (spam). I passed on the souvenir hoodie ($25) because I have too many hoodies from a Roots shopping spree and too many green clothes otherwise.
We milled around a little to enjoy the treats afterwards: Thirst-quenching and replenishing Gleukos, all-you-can-eat Irish stew, mini cupcakes, and sample of Jelly Belly jelly beans. We could also take cans of GURU Energy Drinks but apparently the iced tea was rather vile.
Geeky or gimmicky runner than I am, I’m happy to have a 5K race officially logged. I’m really stoked about my next race (Sun Run 10K in April) and the next 5K (PMC-Sierra Science Run in May, I think)… I’ll tell all later!
The usual race results and more….!
28:21 Gun time / 27:20 Chip time
106/418 Amongst Women
82/297 Amongst Women Age 1-39 – so, turning 30 recently didn’t bump me to a new field for this race!
9:55.4 first mile, based on gun time, therefore 8:54.4 actual first mile
300/675 Placing in completing a mile; my first mile was slow and I picked up my pace
18:25.0 Last 2.1 mile