Megan’s Wings 5k

So, I decided to run another competitive race, but I have started to think that for the next few months I will concentrate on 5k or 10k distances. Mostly, I will look for 5k distance races, so that I can start to build up endurance and work on lowering my time on the 5k distance.

I have been speaking about this run at the office, and arranged for one of my friends at work to be the “official photographer”. However, she was unable to make it as she had another appointment on Saturday morning.

I had some very good workouts last week preparing for the run on Saturday. But, I made the decision to not run at all on Friday prior to the race and use it as a rest day. Looking back, I will at least do some type if short run the day before the race as a way to keep my rhythm up and not have tight legs for the first 3k.

I left the house at 7 am and drove to Upland. Great part about this race is that it is so close to home. I arrived in Upland around 7:30 and was shocked to see so many cars parked on the local streets. It looked as though this was going to turn out to a good event. This is the 7th year that they are putting on this race, and I wish I was running in previous years so that I could have taken part in it.

As. Have started to get my act together, I had pre-registered for the race, and I wandered over to the pre-registration tables to pick up my bib.

Once I picked up my bib, I went over and grabbed the t-shirt that they provided. Very nice t-shirt, but with the sun poking out through the fog it was warming up. I decided to take the t-shirt off and drop it off at the car, which was parked one block away. Prior to that, I took this picture of the bib and the t-shirt.

The race was scheduled to start at 8:30, so I headed over for some of the free food. I grabbed half a bagel with cream cheese, and half a banana. This was an improvement over my 10k attempt a few weeks ago, as I did not eat anything prior to that race. At 8:00 they had a 1k race for all of the kids there. It was great to see so many kids out there early in the morning to support a great cause like Megan’s Wings. Some of those kids flew around the course, and all for the adults were cheering on the kids as they approached the finish line.

Right before the race, I snapped off this picture here, as I did not have the “official photographer”. As a result, the photo and angle is really great.

The race went off at 8:30 and my pace was pretty good for the first quarter mile. Then I realized that the first mile was virtually uphill. I was pleased as I made it all the way up that first without much issue, and my pace was pretty good. I turned the corner and the next three quarters of a mile was relatively flat road. I probably should have picked up the pace a bit here, but my ultimate goal was to keep a steady pace and finish the race. I continued to take sips of the Gatorade G2 that I brought with me. I turned the corner for the downhill portion of the race and noticed that I was not really moving very fast. Finally, the last turn came and I was surprised that I could not see the finish line immediately. Finally after a few hundred feet, I saw the balloon arch which was the finish line. I kept up the pace and pushed through.

Overall, I came in 19th place for males in my age group. I felt good about this, as this was only my second competitive race, and I only started running again about 6 weeks ago.

Here is the last picture I took, which shows a photo montage to Megan. Overall this was a great run, a great cause and I will look forward to taking part in it in the future.

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