No training for me on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday I did a ride with the girls. Thursday was a grueling track workout. Friday another ride, this time tempo followed by a hard mile and then a cool down mile. So I went to the race with tired legs.
Earlier in the year I was contacted by a former Aquaphor teammate who still had some loose sample left over from a couple years ago when we were sent a giant box of 1100 samples. Mine were all gone, and she asked if I was interested in the ones she had left! Of course I said yes, and gladly paid for the shipping to get them! A couple months ago when the race director and local triathlete asked if anyone had anything to donate for the race packets I anted up about 100 samples for the goody bags! This got me a comped entry to the 5K!! How could I say no??
The race was two loops through the Oak Grove High School campus and finished with a lap inside the football stadium. It was flat and guaranteed to be fast! The girls that I train with - Deanna, Judy and Lesley were all going to be at the race. This was going to be fun! We all run the track together and I was excited to see how we'd do. Lesley and I planned to run together and try to pace the run (yeah, right).
When I was picking up my race packet one of the cyclists that I ride with told me he wanted to introduce me to his wife. I met Marisa and we started chatting, then she asked me what my ethnicity was and I told her half Japanese. Her reply was "Me Too!!!" So we spent a little time talking about our parents and how they met. Now Marisa looks Hapa but she is probably 5'8 or 5'9' - lucky girl, her Dad is 6' tall! Me... I stand just a smidge over 5' tall.
|Me, Lesley, Deanna and Judy!|
We lined up and Lesley and I took off - my Garmin showed that we were going too fast and I commented that we needed to slow it down, but there was the shadow of a very tall girl with a long ponytail right with us. Marisa ran with us for most of the run - I went out too fast and faded towards the end and she passed me with about a half mile left to go. I kept thinking that when we got into the stadium I would be able to pick it up and close the gap. But.... no go. My legs were shot. Marisa took 1st Overall Female, I placed 2nd winning the Grandmasters category (it still hurts to say that!). Lesley was right behind me taking 3rd Overall and winning her age group. Deanna was 4th Overall Female and won Masters, and Judy was right behind her placing 5th Overall Female and winning her age group!!