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February 13th, 2011

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04:00 pm - Yesterday, long version
The 5k yesterday was a new experience for me, and sort of a mixed bag, though ultimately I'm pleased that I participated. At the time I was not so sure. I dressed the way I usually dress for walking around the lake - I think this confused people and may explain some of the reactions I got. I saw some video footage and I admit I wasn't dressed like the majority of the other participants, because I had my coat and hat and usual layers, especially since it was threatening rain. Yes, I had my race number too, but I guess I looked more like a tourist... I will know better next time, if. When. If.

Anyway, since I was the last walker, I got a police escort at first, then an escort of the people picking up the cones and clearing the race-track. By the time I got to the 2nd and 3rd way-points the volunteers and race-markers had been packed up and had moved on, so I was glad I knew the route from looking at the map (it consisted of the outer path for part of the way, and the inner path for part of the way, so it wasn't necessarily clear). When I reached the finish line I had been making my way through people leaving for at least 20 minutes, and I arrived just as the kid's dash was starting, so I had to leave the track and dodge the kids and try to figure out where to cross the finish line without getting in the way... which was, as I messaged, somewhat anticlimactic. That's fine, I would have hated it even more if they had held things until I finished, but I did spend the majority of the course (after passing the first way-point and learning I was the "last one" they were waiting for) feeling like I was just causing trouble and being a pain for the people who wanted to tidy up and go home. The two women at the Wallingford and Green Lake Dr. intersection were a notable exception, they were very encouraging, but they were also the last race volunteers I interacted with. ::shrug:: But. I dodged kids, I didn't turn off the course and quit at my home intersection, and I finished the damn thing in 1:11:42, last but not least. (Hah. I stamp my little foot.)

Good things: I saw the first red-winged blackbird of the season (I'd been looking, and listening, and figuring they were just wintering and quiet, but I was delighted to see and hear them yesterday for the first time since moving to the neighborhood in October). Ted came to meet me at the finish - we connected on the trail home after I'd finished rather than at the finish line, but it really picked up my somewhat dampened spirits. We saw a hummingbird on our way home, hanging out in one of the bushes at the apartment complex. We stopped for coffee at Bottega Italiana, which is always good. I accomplished my two goals for the event, to show up to the race and to complete the course.

Later, after shower and restorative nap, I met friends for dinner at Boom Noodle and the 9pm showing of The Taqwacores at the Northwest Film Forum, and some great conversation.

A long day, but at the summing up, a good one.

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Date:February 14th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)

Rock on, you, for going and doing it and finishing.

I have to say, I'm surprised you were last at a time like 1:11:42. (NB: I can do maybe 1:25 on a very good day these days, if I can do it at all.) The pace of a military quick march, iirc, would have had you around the lake in not much less time. I figure the organizers must not have a lot of success with outreach into non-athlete communities. They were lucky to have you.
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Date:February 15th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
Congratulations! That's actually a pretty good time for walking if you average it per mile. I think Cam is right. Was it a small race with not much people? I'm walking a 8 mile race on Monday with around 24,700 people. It's mostly walkers and I bet you would be smack dab in the middle.
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Date:February 19th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
I remember the announcer saying it was the largest Greenlake event & there were 3000+ people, though the website says 2495 finishers. Average time 33 minutes. Since the weather was iffy, I wonder if most of the walkers decided to pick up their t-shirts and go home? In any case, I went back and started from the last time post (16+ minute mile) which in retrospect was what made me both last to start & finish, time-to-complete aside. Next time I will know better than to follow the rules, and I'll start farther up the line with the stroller-pushers.

Edited at 2011-02-19 03:30 am (UTC)

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