Yesterday I ran the Delanco 5k. Delanco is my hometown; very small, one stop light, one 7-11, no high school and all of approximately 3,500 people total kind of town. It is a beautiful town and it was a wonderful place to grow up.
As for the report…it is as small as the race:
The race usually pulls in around 75-100 people and is still chipped the old fashion way, so needless to say, it is a really small no-frills race. Add in pouring rain and freezing cold temps and small becomes much smaller. The official results aren’t posted yet but my guess is there were no more than 40 runners yesterday.
I debated back and forth between going through with running; it was so very cold and I was soaked before it even started! But this is me we are talking about and I don’t just give up. So there I was at the start line, half numb to begin with and off we went! I ran the race in a hoodie (I was too freezing cold to take it off) which was a first for me and by the first 500 yards my shoes were full of water from all the unavoidable puddles. The race is along the river and the wind off the water was brutal. Thank goodness I had the hoodie which I could put over my face. I won’t lie, it was a tough 3.1 miles.
My watch had me come in at 31:47. Not a sub-30, but it was a course PR! I don’t know where I landed overall but it was good enough for a 2nd place AG award.
And now that you read that and got all excited for me, I will come clean…
I did win 2nd place AG…but…there were only two people IN my age group!!!
So basically I could have walked the whole course and STILL been 2nd! I will admit I was a little embarrassed at first and felt kind of lame, but then I took on the attitude that a win is a win is a win is a win! And I walked away with a bottle of red wine, a $20 gift certificate to dicks and a silver medal….so I’ll take it!
So that my friends is how you get to be second…AND…last!
At my parents house…before the race and before the hoodie!
In the middle (gray hoodie) behind the hardcore dude in shorts!
Here I come, completely soaked and frozen cold!
With my Dad…proud of me no matter how many people are in my AG!!!
Hope all of you survived your respective races- heard it was cold in Denver this morning!!!!