Winning on the Run

There wasn’t an archery tournament within 150 miles of me this Saturday. There was, however, a 5K race. Taking advantage of a race less than 30 miles from my home in Hertford, I signed up for the event.

One of the nice things about archery tournaments is that I don’t need to get up at 0500. Most of the 3D shots begin around 0900 or later. They also have a more casual approach to starts. Races aren’t as lenient when comes to start times.

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Up before sunrise

Most races I’ve done have had me on the starting line between 0600 and 0700. Occasionally I’ll find one that starts at 0800, which is a bit more humane. Today’s race started at 0800 or so I thought.

I got up at 0500, fed the dogs, ate breakfast, gather my running gear and left of the starting line. When I arrived I learned my race didn’t begin until 0830! That is a great time. What was I doing there with too much time on my hands? I double-checked the printout material regarding the race time and indeed it read 0800. There’d been an error. Oh well, I’d missed a little bit more sleep than necessary but I was signed up, at the start, having nothing to do other than wait with some mild regret over my loss (30 extra minutes of sleep).

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Folks getting signed in for the race

Warming up my legs felt a little tight from all the training I had in them. They never felt good until a mile into the actual race. I knew I was running well because no one was passing me and I was catching the starting gun sprinters.

I wound up taking another win. I’ll be the first to admit it was tough. The last mile hurt. It wasn’t so bad I didn’t increase my pace fearing that someone would catch me.

I was home before 1000 and taking a nap by 1030. The run zapped me. But, it’s good to win.

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