Saturday, March 14, 2009

Race Report: 2009 Run for the Oaks

I ran the Run for the Oaks 5K this morning! Though it didn't turn out like I'd planned or hoped, I had fun, and I'm definitely glad I did it!

1) The weather. It was raining and in the 40s--the whole race. I knew this was in the weather forecast, but when I headed out the door, it wasn't raining (yet--or again, I should say), so I was hopeful. Ha! By the time I got out of my apartment complex, there were sprinkles on my windshield, and it got a bit harder. Not gully washer, though. Still doable for the race.

2) The team. This race had a corporate team component, where female and male teams from a same employer could sign up for team award eligibility, in addition to running as an individual. I thought it would be fun to try to get a library team together, so I sent out an email blast and got five interested women! Earlier this week, it whittled down to three, the minimum number for a team, but alas, there were two of us left standing at race time this morning. Although Amy and I didn't make enough members for an official team today, she was a great sport about coming anyway (from Hillsborough to Raleigh, no less!), and it was a lot of fun to see and talk with her outside of the work arena.

3) My finishing time. Official times haven't been posted yet, but I think I finished around 41 minutes, much slower than I'd hoped, considering I've been working on my speed more lately. I'll blame it on the rain.

On a bright note, I saw several online acquaintances in person this morning, meeting some for the first time! Shout-outs to Cindy, Mary, and Margett for being out there this morning. I also caught up with Louise (from the Frozen 5K, the Run for the Roses water stop, and numberous other races) for a bit, which was fun too. Another nice surprise was running into coworker Colleen, and meeting her boyfriend and father briefly. In ACC Basketball Tournament news, the Duke t-shirt I wore for today's race garnered a couple of comments about last night's game, which Duke won by one point!

UPDATE: Chip time 40:37, Gun time 41:01


danxishere said...

Hi Lesley...I think I finished just ahead of you at the end. It's funny, but I don't know your last name, but reading your blog and then reviewing the results...

...I put two and two together. Were you wearing a Duke t-shirt? I made a pact with myself at the 2-mile mark to not let anyone else pass me, so I sped up at the end and sprinted from the 3-mile mark. I had my Ohio State jacket on today, as it was freezing!

I still sucked today, but I too blame it on the rain. These hills are not like Florida - ha. I ran in a 10K last weekend in Greenville, SC and the weather was gorgeous. Today, not so much.

Anyway, I enjoy reading your blogs - I keep up on the local events. Maybe I'll see you out there one of these times...


Lesley said...

Dan, were you the guy in the red jacket?! You were one of my targets, but I never could quite catch up with you! Ha! I got close enough to see "State" on your jacket, and assumed it was for NC State. I was the one in the Duke shirt!

I saw on your blog that you did the Frozen 5K too. Crazy runners, we are!


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