I really didn't want run this series since I am not even remotely in shape. I don't mind being motivated by getting my butt kicked a little, but 3 years of being out and being injured takes a tole on you mentally and physically anyway. I signed up though and figured I would see where I was after almost 4 weeks of easy running. I am now sufficiently humbled!
I warmed up by myself for two miles. Legs were still sore from the training this week. I saw a bunch of blog people were there that I really don't know, mostly because I haven't raced really since 2008. In 2008 it was different for me because I went to do that series with Sasha, Steve Ashbaker, Adam, and Ted back when we had the racing team going on. Now I am out of the loop completely. Also I was in decent shape before I got pneumonia before Del Sol that year.
I went out at around 6 minute pace for the first mile. I was way behind everyone that was in front of me. Next mile was 6:12, I slowed down a bit probably more from not being used to running that fast and getting killed by the front groups then the "head wind". Last mile was about 6:13 and I caught some chick that was about my age in here that had went out too fast, but that was about it. Allie Scott was a few seconds ahead of me, I have never met her, but recognized her. My last .1 was 38 seconds.
After I cooled down for just over a mile and called it good. No awards for me, which is something else I am not used to, and don't enjoy.
I can tell this is going to be a rough and long attempt at a comeback! I got beat by 4 girls today in a 5K. First time I have ever been chicked by any girls other than my first marathon right after my mission and the TOU that I ran as a training run. Never in a 5k! I was a little disappointed I couldn't at least break 19 minutes either. Oh well, I can't worry about how well everyone else is doing compared to me, I just need to keeping easing back into things and stay healthy and eventually I might turn into a runner again. Probably everyone that beat me was at least 40lbs lighter and and doing 2-3 times the miles as me, not to mention a little speedwork. I have to admit that it is pretty depressing to see where I am at right now, but it was nice to race again, even if I can't even compete with the women right now.:)