The fun thing about 5K races is that as long as you can run 3 miles, you can run one on a whim. My first race of the year is a 5K in May but some friends were running the First Call 5K and they invited me to run with them. I really had no excuse not to run it. The race was about 2 miles from my house, the weather was nice and I had no plans for that morning.
The First Call event also offered a 10K and half marathon. It was the inaugural running of this event. It was unique in that there were 2 different half marathon courses available. Unfortunately, heavy rains that week caused flooding and one of the courses was not available and the 5K course was also modified.
The event is run by Silver Circle. Their events tend to be small but well organized. I was not pre-registered for the 5K but registration was offered on the day of the race. Since the location was so close to my home I arrived when registration opened, registered, and went back home since the race was not for another hour and a half. I relaxed a bit, did a quick warm up on the treadmill and returned for the race.
This was my first race since running the Chicago Marathon in October and taking a nearly 3 month break from running to recover from foot issues. I had only been running 3 months prior to this race and half of that was just getting used to running again. So this race was going to be interesting!
I knew from previous experience that Silver Circle events are gun timed, there is no starting timing mat. That was not an issue at this race because the size was small and it was easy to be near the front. The first part of the course was on the street, then it turned onto the Glacial Drumlin trail. The trail is paved, it is not very wide but it was fine for this race. It was out and back, sweet and simple. Not the prettiest course, but by no means the worst. There was a building to wait inside and refreshments after the race were also served indoors. The only restroom facilities were inside the building and the line was long.
The 5K distance is my least favorite to race. It is just not fun. Well, it is fun for the first 1/4 mile. Then it it is hard work and it is painful. I could tell that I was not going to PR but I pushed as hard as I could. I finished in 26:50, quite a bit off my 5K PR. But I was happy because I was racing again and more importantly running without pain. Due to the small size of the race my finish was good enough for an age group 2nd place medal.
Finish: 26:50 8:38 min/mile
Age: 2 of 7
Gender: 8 of 55
Overall: 14 of 78