I wasn't sure if I was going to go this race today or not, the Howland Pumpkin run 5K, I woke up it was raining and 36* degrees out. But since it was only about 10 minutes away, one of the closet races I could go to I dragged myself out of bed and got there before 7:30, for the 8 Oclock start. I paid my $12 and got 2 Tshirts. They had some leftovers from last years race so they were giving them out too. Only had XL's left but who complains about shirt size when paying on race day for a shirt from last year?
So I did a little warm up and it was about race time. Has I said it was a real small race. I dont even remember them having it last year, thats small. Also, I lined up in the first row. Talk about small. I think less then 50 were there (will get official results later from gopherarun.com) Of course I took off too fast for the most of the first mile. Saw a mile marker on road but not sure if it was right or not, then another first mile marker just after that? (later found out one of them were right and the 2 mile marker was too.) I was under 8 the first mile, got to the second mile marker about 16:30. Which was still faster then I had thought I would be. Tryed to pick it up the last mile but there was a nice little hill in it keeping me from going all out. But finished in 25:30, I was happy finishing in that time. It was about best I thought I had today.
I got happier when I found out I got 3rd in my age group. I later got home and checked my logs and found out this is first 5K under 26 minutes since last October.