(oops, this has been sitting in my draft folder for almost a week!)
Carnegie Center 5K and 1 mile fun run
Steve: 27:50, 8:57 pace. 241/631 overall; 163/325 males; 17/29 age group.
Sarah: 31:17, 10:04 pace, 368/631 overall; 143/306 females; 19/35 age group.
Katie: somewhere around 13 minutes because she stopped a few times to wait for my mom and stepdad to catch up.
The course: The race was held in a corporate complex. They basically closed off the parking lot and the roads and that’s where we ran. It was a loop and the first 2 miles were mostly flat or downhill and mostly shaded. That meant the last mile was a steady incline back to the start. Thankfully the straightaway to the finish was flat so I was able to sprint. My only complaint was the random brick overlays in the road. Running on those bricks, which weren’t always flat, made me feel like I was going to twist my ankle.
My run: As you can see from my splits, I nailed that first mile. And even the second wasn’t too bad. After mile 2 I really thought I had a chance at finishing in 30 minutes (which is my current race goal). And then we started our slow climb to the finish. I forgot to drink some Gatorade before the race and I could feel myself flagging. I’m happy with 31:17, mainly because I know I did my best and I haven’t been running consistently this year, but I was also disappointed since those first two miles were so strong. I just keep telling myself that someday I’ll run a 5K in 30 minutes or less.
Race management: This is a very well-run race, which isn’t surprising since this was the 15th year. As I said, the course is in a closed corporate center so there was tons of parking right next to the registration area. We got there early and did a group shot after we picked up our bibs and t-shirts. But the two best parts were (1) being able to use a REAL bathroom inside one of the office buildings rather than a porta-potty and (2) the plethora of free food after the event. They had cut-up hoagies, pizza and Rita’s water ice, as well as water. The registration fee was on par with what we’ve paid elsewhere so we were shocked by the free food. And there was never a line for the food, despite 600+ people running the race and all the spectators.
The weather: We really lucked out with a gorgeous day. Sunny, warm but not hot, a light breeze. Gorgeous.
Would I do this race again: We will absolutely do this race again. Ample parking, low registration fee, kid’s race with a medal, free food, real bathrooms, a nice course…what’s not to love?
Running goal: 152.8/300