Let’s break out this here blog by putting up a small update on my running.
Yesterday was the Ohio City Run & Crawl. Basically, the race began when it was still toasty instead of it being in the morning like most 5Ks. The temperatures rose high during the day like it had been forecast. By the time 6pm hit, it wasn’t as bad as I expected though. I’m guessing mid-80s in the Fahrenheit.
I had my toe shoes on, so I received a small amount of attention at the race. Most people would simply look and do a double-take perhaps. This one lady, who was doing photography for a local magazine (Ohio City Harvest, I think), asked some questions about my shoes and wanted to take a few shots of them and me in them. I might be in August’s issue.
The run was great. There were 600 runners overall. All the people at the various restaurants would cheer us as we ran past. One of the people directing us along the particular route had a large timpani-like drum and hit a beat with some Spanish lyrics as well. Mary – who did intervals of walking and running – said that there were more people around dancing and cheering and shouting when she passed that guy. The route led us through different Ohio City streets, past people on front porches motivating us, the smells of random BBQs wafting around, a cruel carrot in front of me as I ran. Some dude kept a level pace with me after the one-mile marker and asked about my shoes, etc. It lasted a minute before we both separated, as our paces were a bit different.
Near the 3-mile point, I heard the time as just under 23 minutes! I was ecstatic and tried my best to keep pace, and perhaps go a tiny bit quicker. I didn’t have the yearning to sprint at the end, which caused a couple others to pass me up. I turned back onto Market Street, by The Flying Fig and Great Lakes Brewing Co., and across the finish to various spurts of applause.
As I waited for Mary, eating an apple and hyperventilating a bit, I had some others comment on my shoes, how I liked them, how my running has been with them. I finished the race in 23:37, 18th place out of 68 in my age group (90th overall), which I thought was pretty good considering I hadn’t run an officiated 5K since 2001.
I wager another 5K will be in my future. When, this I do not know.