Dan Medeiros ran: My hometown 5K race. ...

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  • 3 miles
  • 00:32 time
  • 10:14 pace
  • 366 calories
  • 446 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
great Officer Thomas Giunta Memorial 5K 3.11 mi 00:32 10:14 pace

My hometown 5K race. Don't know the official results, but they'll be wrong anyway because it's not chip-timed and they're rather lax on noting your time. Not an overall PR, but it's a course PR of about 7 minutes -- which is exactly what I expected. So I'm more than happy with that. The last time I ran this race was in 2008, when I was much slower.

It took forever going to the bathroom because they had two (TWO) port-a-potties that were about a quarter-mile from the start line. So by the time we emptied out and got up to the start line, the race was about to begin. The start is disorganized as hell, with no pace groups, hundreds of people waiting in no particular order around all four arms of an intersection, no visible start line, and it's going uphill -- all this meant that the first mile was slow. Everyone was elbow-to-elbow and stumbling over each other. We had no idea where the start line was until I ran over it spray-painted in dark green on the ground -- and some people had clearly started in FRONT of it, meaning they inadvertently shorted the course.

Nik W. was going to run it separately but I caught up to her after a few feet and she decided there was no use in trying to weave through everyone, and she'd run it with me. We made it up the first hill without even realizing it was a hill, b/c we had to lightly jog through the crowd. It opened up after about half a mile and we started to find a decent racing pace for me.

There were three water stops (not bad for a 5K), but I didn't use any of them even though I got quite thirsty at the end. The stops snuck up on me and it was too late for me to head over without losing too much time. I could ignore it for most of mile 2 but by the end of that mile to the finish I was dying for a sip of water and all the water stops were gone. So I was a bit unprepared today nutritionally.

I came in strong and was met by the race's bizarre corral system, where they take down your finishing time by hand, which means they have to slow everything down to a walk and you get in line single-file like at the DMV. So that was weird, and that's why I'm not bothering about the official time. If you guessed that this race is extremely disorganized, ding ding! You win a prize! Even so, it's a lot of fun. Met mom and dad at the end (Mom ran/walked), and saw some people I know at the beginning. It's not a PR course by any standard but it's got good crowd support and it's right by my house. So it's still great.

Stuff I saw: My friend Greg saw me running and yelled, "A valiant effort!" That was nice. Later on, a woman running with a guy told him, "Let me run in front of you!" And then when he let her go ahead, she immediately stopped short and he almost fell. That wasn't nice.

1- 10:48
2- 9:52
3- 10:05
last .11- 9:57

  • Ian C.
    Ian C.

    Well done Dan, did you enjoy one of those steak sandwiches after?

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Dan M.
    Dan M.

    No. :( But I may make myself a burger...

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Rick

    Glad you and Nik had fun Dan. That's what its all about.

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Ian C.
    Ian C.

    Good Man! ENJOY :)

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Mimi

    You have definitely gotten speedier. Great race report; sounds like you made the best of it.

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Bernadette M.
    Bernadette M.

    Congrats on the course PR Dan! Well done!! You're right about the disorganization at the beginning and end of the race, but what the heck, it was still a lot of fun.

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Pete M.
    Pete M.

    Congratulations Dan, great report. Think you deserve a medal for using the port a potties with so many people running.

    about 7 years ago Like1 person