Thursday night I went to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival 5K. My daughter Megan and Granddaughter Riley went with me. They have a festival with 5K race, or is it other way around? I went for a warm up run planned to do a mile, got almost half mile out on course when Jim caught up to me, we ran to the first turn sign of the course. Jim's faster then me his warm up pace is faster then mine. Ended up doing 1.2 miles according to garmin. I think if I was going any further I wouldnt of stayed with Jim.
It was a warm evening, upper 70's. So didnt takea lot to warm up. My biggest problem wasnt the heat but my own stupidity. I got off work at 4 went home and ended up eating something. I had started to feel hungry so made myself a little something before the race. Naturally I ate too much.
After warm up ended up getting Meg some french fries, nothing beats festival fries. Especially for grease. Then I got to start line, chatted with a couple runners I knew. They have a short kids race, then we got started. I went out a little too fast but wasnt feeling totally horrible if not for the rock in my stomach. I got to the 2 mile mark and started to have some stomach cramps so last mile ended up being my worse one. I finished in 26:24 according to my garmin.
Overall this a fun race, cheap, with a downhill finish into the festival. Decent crowd for a Thursday night. Now I know I wouldnt of placed in age group but did have one complaint they passed out the age group awards right at finish line. No awards ceremony. To me its nice to gather with the other runners, many I know from other races, afterwards. Plus this race used to always have lots of door prizes. Not that I would win anything but when you run my pace having door prizes can keep you coming back. Of course they could of lost sponsors who gave the door prizes but I never found out. That would make a difference but way they do it now makes me feel like heres your award now get out the way. If you dont win one you dont need to know who did. Excuse me for letting my cynical side out.
After I got cooled off a bit and stomach had settled, I got a elephant ear and shared it with Riley. It was great, delious. I wasnt even hungry but who can go to a festival and not get an elephant ear to share with their granddaughter?
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