This was such an overwhelming race for me. I had no idea there was going to be thousands of people.
I arrived late and ran to the start line which was about half a mile. Then I was hit by a drum to my stomach by one of these students playing instruments. So unreal. I wanted to laugh and collapse at the same time. But I kept running and started the race about 5 minutes late.
I had to walk for about 5 minutes because there was so much congestion of people. There was no other choice. Finally I found I was able to run and pass people. At around mile 3, the 5k and 10k runners split up and I was able to enjoy the run and find a good pace.
I felt great. It was starting to get hot but I kept going. At the last mile there was a lot of people again because the 5k and 10k course ended together. I really wanted to speed up but at times I didn’t really have a choice.
After some waiting I realized my time wasn’t recorded. I talked to the organizers and they were able to sort it out. My final time was 53:30. Of course it wasn’t a PR but it was a course PR. I ran the same course in October and finished it in 56:42. That surprised me considering I had to walk at some points.
Mile 1: 9:43
Mile 2: 8:41
Mile 3: 9:08
Mile 4: 8:44
Mile 5: 8:49
Mile 6: 8:37
I ended up with 4th place in my age group. I didn’t expect that with everything that happened and how many people there were.
So it just goes to show, stick to your goals, run your own race, and don’t compare yourself to other runners. You’ll surprise yourself and know all of the hard work you have put in is all worth it.