I got up this morning at 6:3o am (the earliest I've seen daylight in quite some time) to participate in the LakeFest 5 Mile run. The one mile fun run started at 7:15 with the 2 mile and 5 mile runs starting at 7:30 am.
I got there about 7 am with my water bottle and Captain Crunch cereal (yes, I know, not healthy, but it was all we had that I thought I could stomach before a race). It was a nice walk over to the registration and start line. Got registered and picked up my t-shirt (very cute, by the way) and then sat down to listen to the latest episode of the Dump Runners Club and ate my cereal. Once the fun run started, I ran to the port-a-potty and was ready to go.
I don't have a good gauge on how many runners there were because they started the 2 mile and 5 mile races together. There were probably around 50 people, maybe a few more.
The route has one short steep incline and then a bunch of slight inclines and descents. It has an out and through town and then a loop around Culver Academies, with the last mile and a quarter along Lake Maxinkuckee. Unfortunately, the previously mentioned short, steep incline comes in the last half mile. It is followed by a short flat stretch and then a downhill into the finish line.
Here are my averages:
Mile 1 9:10
Mile 2 9:00
Mile 3 9:05
Mile 4 8:52
Last .91 8:49
I felt good starting out, just concentrated on running at a comfortable pace so I wouldn't loose steam at the end. I kind of fell into pace behind a couple of other runners. After a bit, I found myself catching up with them and passing by. I felt pretty much alone during the third mile as the runners were fairly stretched out.
In the fourth mile, I caught up to two more runners and then there was quite a bit of distance between me and the next group of runners. The last mile is along an asphalt path the follows the lakeshore but gets a bit narrow going up the hill and through what is called the Indian trails. I passed one runner just before the hill and then caught up with two more runners just before the hill. I realized that I knew one of them (she used to work in my office). As I got next to her, I apologized for the heavy breathing. She laughed and said she was doing plenty of her own. We ran together through most of the Indian trails and then I managed to pull out a little more energy, passed her, and finished strong.
I came in 25th overall and 2nd in the 36-40 age group.