Sunday, November 6, 2011

Anything is Possible 5K

I got back from a 3,100 mile motorcycle trip at 4pm Saturday [post forthcoming], but I was so intrigued by a 5K race spanning the end of Daylight Savings Time that I had to do it. Plus it was right down the street from my house, so I didn't have to go far. Thanks to the time change, I started at 1:50 am and finished at 1:12 am, for a -37:52 ET. It's only possible once a year, so I just had to be part of this race. My real time of 22:08 (7:05 mile pace) is a new 5K PR (not that I've done many, my previous best is from the Paramount 5K in February). I wound up 10th overall (of 84), and second in my age group. The guy that won my AG passed me with only about a half mile to go. I might have put more effort into chasing him if I had realized.

The run itself wasn't all that remarkable, although it was something of a different experience running in the dark. Most of the cloverleaf-shaped course was through parking lots, so most of it was well lighted, but there were some sections that were darker. Probably the funniest part of the evening was the UT band's tuba section out en masse, who brought slightly more enthusiasm than I felt was warranted for the hour of night (but then I'm normally asleep at that time).

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