This new Fleet Feet 5k is all about the origins of distance running (or at least the beginning of the popularity of it in this country). The "swag" for the race was tube socks and the beer after the race was Miller High Life. My friend Sarah made a comment about how she wanted a painters cap a la Joan Benoit when she ran and won the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984. After two clicks on Amazon, I had ordered hats and we were ready to kick it old school.
Originally I was going to let the painters hat be my only nod to old school, but after I picked up my packet and seeing the sweet tube socks, I couldn't help myself. So I pulled out some Kent State gear that had a bit of an older vibe to it - a cotton baseball style t-shirt and athletic shorts that I normally don't wear outside the house. I braided my hair in pig tails to complete the look.
My plan was to run the two miles down to the Montrose Harbor, run the 5k and then run the two miles back, thus completing my 7 miles for the day. I did run down, but after drinking half of my Miller High Life, running back home didn't sound like a good idea, so I had a nice walk.
The race itself was a lot of fun. It wasn't a very big field being the inaugural run. It was self seeded with no pace markers to line up with, so I just got in and ran. The course was a little crowded the first half, and I was steadily passing people. There was a lot of banter and it was fairly entertaining checking out what people were wearing. There were quite a few guys sporting what I assumed to be newly cultivated mutton chops, a lot of short shorts, cotton shirts and headbands, and of course tube socks.
My sister and her boyfriend got to the race just in time to cross the start line behind everyone else and caught up to me around mile 2 and we ran in most of the way together until I slowed down. For some reason the last half mile I just ran out of steam. Despite that, it was my fastest mile.
True to the spirit of the race, there were no clocks at the mile markers but people with stop watches calling out the splits. According to my Nike+ watch (I couldn't go so old school that I was going to run without my watch - though there was part of me that wished I had some retro Nikes to run in) my splits were: 9:51, 9:49, 9:43. I finished in 30:31 placing 559/1017 overall, 260/616 women and 16/60 in my age group. It wasn't my fastest 5k, but it was fun.
Like an idiot I didn't get a picture of me at the race, so I'm hoping at least one of the race photos turns out good.