I am not a short distance runner. I just about mile two or so am getting into a groove. I like the longer distances. I love my seven or eight mile training runs. I do not particularly like a 5K race. I have, though – as of last night, run three of them.
My first race ever was a 5K. I loved it. It was not quite the same as the marathon I had been a spectator at a couple months prior but it was fun. There were all ages and abilities which made me feel right at home as I was new to this whole idea. Then, I ran a second 5K in winter. It was frigid and hilly and, well, a challenge. There were different ages and abilities but it was not as fun as that first one.
Last night I ran my third 5K. This one was a cause race. It benefit the Crime Victims’ Assistance Center, a non-profit that is near and dear to my heart. Every entrant was to wear a red dress. Have to say that my red Victoria’s Secret piece was minor compared to those in red full-length formal wear or the men in red dresses. Yes, there will be photos at the end here.
The race was just less than a full 5K. To get the extra three-tenths of a mile, runners would have had to go around the back parking lot at Maine-Endwell High School. The school is in the middle of a huge capital project and the parking lot is a mess. There is a hole that is big enough to lose a small car in so the race ended at 2.87 miles.
This race is not an easy race. There is a hill that is about a mile long and no leveling off along it about a half mile into the course. There are more hills after that also. Good news is that it is a downhill finish to the school entrance. I ran it well but slowed at the end to run with a young girl about 13 who was having trouble. I just ran whatever speed she was running to help her get to the finish.