I had a great group of runners with me today from the Greencastle Running and Fitness Club. I love hanging out with these guys and gals. They are such a fun group and make races and running so much fun. One of the things I like most is the support we all give each other during our runs and during the races. Almost like a family, in fact I like to think of it as my running family. Always lots of fun with plenty of pictures.
This run holds a special place to Melissa's (my wife) and my heart. Her mom passed away from Breast Cancer at the early age of 39. Every race Melissa has a sign she puts on her back that says, "Running in memory of my Mom, Jenni Norden, my Angel running beside me! Love you mom!! Although I never met Melissa's mom because of her passing at such a young age I feel I know her. The amazing stories Melissa tells me about her is like I have known her for years. She was a truly amazing woman. I felt she was there with us in spirit today as we were running the race.
The course was a very flat course. Figured even after just one week after completing the Marathon in St. Louis I could pull off a descent time for the 5K. Besides I would only be running for 20 minutes or so and not 4 hours. Legs felt strong at the start so I was off. Looked down to start my Garmin and it had went to sleep on me. Stupid thing. Oh well I started off strong and kept going. Finally Garmin had located satellites and I could start it after about 1/4 mile in. Really wasn't able to keep an accurate pace so I would just wing it. I was passing runners left and right. Felt strong and about mile 2 I see this kid that couldn't had been more than 12. This kid was a beast!! I caught him and stayed with him for about 1/2 mile. We talked for a minute. I told him he was doing a good job. He said, "Why thank you" hardly breaking a sweat. We saw the finish and he accelerated leaving me in the dust. Wow!! Talk about a moral crusher. I got smoked by a 12 year old!! I look back at that and smile. I thought to myself, I might have just gotten passed by the next Steve Prefontaine. Wish I had gotten an autograph afterwards just in case. My final results for the race was 20:47, Pace 6:41, 32 out of 814, and 9 out of 91 in my age group 30-39. This was also the fastest 5 K race I have ever had even including High School!! Wow the old man does still have something left in the tank!! Every mile was consistent and under 7 minute miles. I felt great after the run.
Overall a perfect day with great friends. Great race for a great cause. Hopefully one day they will find a cure for Breast Cancer but until that day comes we Race for the Cure. Love you Jenni. Always in our hearts.