Saturday June 11th was the 6th annual Westside Catholic Center 5K. I have participated in the race a couple times for many reasons.
- Westside Catholic Center is my favorite Non-Profit Organization. Catholic based shelter, food, clothing, life services etc.
- Race through Ohio City, unique houses in the area. Stop by Westside Market afterwards
- Free Pancake Breakfast for all the runners!
- Awesome Band-Half Moon Jack
It was predicted to rain on Saturday but for once it did not and was actually a really nice day. Slightly humid for the race but cooler than it was last year for this race.
This was my first 5K since qualifying for the Marathon Maniacs so I went in knowing I wouldn’t PR but would be happy with anything in the 22s.
Before the race started I got into the finish line area and got my garmin ready to go (connect to satellite). A couple speeches to welcome and thank everyone for coming and then the national anthem and then my garmin decided to go to sleep (disconnect from satellite). Of course I didn’t realize this until they said ready, set, go. For some odd reason I didn’t freak out “omg, my garmin isn’t started, how will i know my time, the world is ending, I should just stop running now” I was just like “ok, whatever, I’ll be 10 secs off” Must have been those beers I had Friday night….ok just 1 beer (light weight…cheap date)
I ran the first mile in 7:10 (perfect), second mile in 7:15 (always slower, but that’s cool), third mile in, errr, heat and humidity, tiny uphillish area, umm anything else I could blame the third mile on please insert it here. It really wasn’t that slow especially since I barely came in at my goal time of “anything in the 22s”. Unofficial finish time was 22:59 or at least that’s what they told me when I picked up my 1st place age group medal! Holla!
I should also mention that there was a pretty cool goodie bag. Grey tech shirt, water bottle, red thingy, tape measure, recyclable grocery bag (I love these!) and my favorite goodie bag item, Lip smackers chapstick. I can’t remember the last time I actually bought chapstick because I always get it at races.
I need some help figuring out what this “red thingy” is. It looks like a mini strainer but I eat a whole lot more pasta than that. Hungry In Cleveland suggested it might be a soap dish. Any other guesses?
Next race on the schedule is A Most Excellent Race 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Sunday June 26.
Did you race this weekend?