In years past, this race was called Osterville Run for the Library, and it was an odd length--coming in at about 4.1 miles. This year, the officials changed the course to be a certified 5K and the name is now the Cape Cod Championship 5K. It was kind of a bummer that the course was shortened, because it misses a lot of cool sights in the village. Coach Fish wasn't too thrilled about it either, but he was going to run it! This was my first road race back when I was 11, and I ran it again when I was 15...so it's been a while since I've participated!
But, under the circumstances, I wasn't all out racing. Goober. Yup, that's right. However, Coach Fish was making his racing comeback! Woo hoo!
The temp was supposed to be in the low 90s for the day, and the humidity was around 85-90%. That combo just screams "yuck!" Even at the early start of 8am, it was already in the 80s and the humidity was covering us in ick already. Coach Fish and I walked over to the start from the house at around 7 to pick up our bibs and shirts. It was really funny because all these people were like "Doug! You're running??" and "Doug's racing!" There was no chip timing because it's still a teeny race (but I have a feeling that will change now). The race shirt was AWESOME and it's made for a woman. Well, there was an option for a dude's shirt, too. ;)
We got back to the house and I ate a little bit of breakfast, but soon it was time to go back to the start line. Coach Fish and I decided to do a little warm-up and jog the half mile. Holy cow, I was so stiff. I hadn't run for 4 days and I could tell. It was a jumbled scramble of people lingering around the start area in front of the old school. First was the kids' race, which was very cute, and everyone was clapping/cheering. :)
Quick picture! The typical "Doug" face. :)
Crowded/small start area
I got a couple of double-takes when it came to my little belly while waiting for the starting horn. Then we were off, and it was HOT! I was feeling good, since I just love this place and was enjoying every second of it. I neared the area where both my little sisters were cheering, and they had my inhaler waiting (thank goodness!). B passed me the inhaler while Liza took pictures. Thanks sisters! It was great to have them there. :)
Here's the pic they got of Coach Fish as he passed...he made a great face.
The heat was getting to me a little, but I was keeping a strong pace. At one point Gus said I was going 8:30. Um, slow down! I briefly walked at a water stop to take a sip, but other than that, I ran the entire way. There were these little bitty hills and I was passing people who had slowed to a walk on them. It's kind of funny, but those are hills to some people, but not to me (Washington is hilly!). I saw my Grandparents' family friend near the finish and waved to her...she saw me and cheered (she's around 80 and a fun woman). My usual kick to the finish was short-lived, as I was in dire need of some cold water. But I managed to beat my goal time of 30 minutes! Woot!
My sisters and Coach Fish met me at the end and we sat in the shade to wait for the results to be announced. The spread was pretty good for a little race! There were muffins, soda, water, watermelon and oranges...I downed a bottle of water and got some Sprite for a little sugar. Even 20 minutes after finishing, I was still dripping sweat. It was very icky.
The officials announced the age group and overall winners after a little while, and Coach Fish came in 3rd in his age group! Hurray! I'm so proud. I started feeling a little lightheaded/dizzy and decided to sit down for a bit while the rest of the results were being announced. The humidity was getting to me and we soon walked back to the house to shower and get ready to go back to the village for more Village Day activities.
Coach Fish's medal
Pace - 9:25
Pace - 6:46
To be continued...with more pictures. :)