For the past couple 4th of July’s I have either been out of town, injured or just not interested in running a 5 mile speed race in the July heat. Some years I find a 5K and run that instead. This year I decided to finally give the Bay Days 5 miler a shot and I got lucky with beyond perfect race temps.
I was able to do my 1.5 mile warm up and reminded of the downhill/flat course for the start of the race. I was lucky to run into another reader at the start of the race (Hi Debbie!) as well as catch up with some other runners that I normally see at the big races. Wish I had my phone with me to snap some pics.
It’s really hard at these big races to not go out too fast since people just blast by you, also because there are some baller runners at this race. After about a mile it started to thin out and I tried to concentrate on keeping a solid pace. I was coming off a bad race time so I was in need of a good time. A girl had passed me before the 1st mile but I had caught up and liked her pace. Before I knew it we were running together.
I never said a word to this girl while running with her but we pushed the pace with each other. Just enough to challenge each other but not lose each other. When we came close to another runner, we made room to go around them and then were back to running together. The last mile I felt my wheels coming off and told myself to just stick with her for half a mile more and then to drop back.
As we turned and were coming down one of the last streets I started to drop back, I was tired and wasn’t sure I could keep that pace. As soon as I started to drop back, the girl I was running with shook her head no and waved her arm for me to keep up and get back next to her. So I did.
You finish this race with about half a lap on the track. The girl picked up her pace and was going to finish hard, I tried to keep up with her and couldn’t do it so she pulled away. When I neared the straightaway I started sprinting and caught up with the girl and was able to finish with her.
I finished with a time of 37:08 and would have ran at least a min to a min and a half slower if I didn’t have the girl to pace with. It also shockingly helped me to place in my age group.
Next on the race schedule is…..well I think I have some explaining to do before I announce my next race…