After downing two advils, a granola bar, and a sugar-free red bull, I headed south for the YMCA Trail Run 5K. The race was much larger than I had anticipated. People and cars everywhere. I figured with the number of people in the race, and me in my current condition, I had no chance at placing. However, I am happy to report that for the first time in my racing history, I placed in my age group without it being by default. I came in 2nd with a time of 26:31, a trail 5K PR for me. For my efforts I won a lovely chunk of wood with some engraving on it. With a little sanding, stain, and polyurethane, I'm sure it will make a nice wall-piece.
Lots of 7 Hillers made it down this morning - Ken, Marilynn & Ben Johnson, Hans Jaeger, John Cook, Sara Lange (by best racin' buddy!), Jan Parks, and Jon Walk (not running this morning. he was there supporting). Had a fun time. Nice course and well organized race. I will definitely run it again next year, even though I hate 5K's!
Just one last tidbit and I'll let you go. About mid-way through the race I got passed by a hunched over, little old man that could hobble like the dickens. Darnedest thing I've ever seen. Hans saw him too, so it wasn't just my hang-over playing tricks on me.