A few weeks ago I saw the Run for the Red Twilight 5K somewhere and I remembered that I had wanted to do this race last year, but it was the same day we were leaving for Chicago to run the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. Luckily, this year it worked out perfectly!
You are able to set up teams, which basically just saves each person $5, and we got a few of our runner and new to running friends to sign up for team "The Twilighters" (yes, lame I know, but I was doing it on the fly).
The race took place in Canandaigua, where we got married, and it is about a 45 minute drive from where we live. We headed out and on the way we heard a car honk at us and when we looked it was our friends Sheila and Eric driving to a trail run!
We got to the race and picked up our packets easily, we were looking for our friends and found all of them one by one. We met some new friends, that we have seen around the running scene, who had joined our team and chatted prior to the race. We ran into Sarah who we haven't seen for a little while and I made sure we got a picture!
We did a brief warm-up, ran around the parking lot, and then lined up. Mike was pretty close to the front and I wasn't too much behind him. My friend, Ken, lined up near me and we waited for the start. Soon they were saying, "1 minute until the start", then "30 seconds until the start" and then we were off!
I made sure to start my watch as soon as the horn sounded (because there wasn't a mat at the start line) and got on my way. I had to dodge some people and I saw Ken get in front of me a little bit as we were running down Lakeshore Drive, but then I passed him when we went up the baby hill on the course (the course had about 45 feet of elevation gain).
The course turned down onto a gravel path and I could hear the guy at the first mile announcing the times from really far away. I had looked at my watch and saw I was around 7 minute pace and slowed down a bit. The timing clock was early and he said it was around 7:20 but my watch went off at 7:34 for the first mile.
After getting off of the dirt path, we ran through a parking lot and then got on to the path in Kershaw Park. I was totally spacing out and didn't even notice when I ran by the gazebo where we got married and then as I was getting off the path, I realized I had passed it. My second mile came in at 8:09 pace and I knew I would have to maintain to get my goal.
Yea.. We were that close to it and I didn't notice
The last portion of the race takes you down the city pier, where you do an out and back, and I saw Mike! We high fived and I could tell he looked good. One of our new friends, Barry, passed me on this portion and I just focused on keeping up a good pace.
I saw more of our friends on the out and back, Ken, Rick and Sarah, and then I got back to the entrance of the Inn where the race had started. Mile 3 came in at 8:13 pace.
I saw Mike, I was smiling a lot before he took pictures, and I saw the finish line. I knew it was going to be close and I pushed to the end.
Running to the finish
I crossed the finish line and I had done it! I had PR'ed and come in under 25 minutes (one of my goals this year)! My time was 24:52 (on my watch and officially).
Mike did great as well and got a new PR of 22:15, and he came in third in his age group!
We watched the rest of our friends finish the race and then we went to the post-race celebration. We got some drinks and free food and hung out a little bit before we drove home.
For our first 5K of the year, I'm happy with how it went. We haven't been doing a lot of speed work so it was nice to see that we had some, ha! We'll probably do one more 5K in December this year and we both want to PR again.