I have wanted to do the Camp Hill Memorial Day 5K since 2013, but timing just didn't work out until this year. We were back from the Beach by Sunday, and I knew that this was the year.
I woke up a little late, not sure why, but laid in bed for longer than I needed to. The race was to start at 8:00, in Camp Hill, which is a 10 minute drive from where I live. I left at 7:30, cutting it real short to registration.
Price- $25 - registered day of the race
Goodies- There were Bananas and water at the start line.
The race started at the Methodist Church, which was also the start line for the Library Loop. I arrived, registered and went back to my car to eat some of my greek yogurt. 7 minutes before the race, I grabbed a banana and headed to the start line. This is the smallest meal I've had before a race, normally I have a bagel and coffee.
The race started exactly at 8:00, I was very familiar with the route, as I've ran it a few times before, and it's where I do most of my training runs.
Around mile 1, I felt really tired and hungry. But told myself to keep pushing and moving along. I didn't think that I was going very fast, the volunteers who were reading times out at mile 1 said my first mile was 7:47. I had wanted to do negative splits, but felt really tired. It was hot, and humid, all of the sudden I felt really thirsty. I kept pushing, knowing that we were almost done.
At the water stop, I grabbed a cup of water and tried to take a sip, but my body didn't want it. So I swished and spit it out, then dumped the rest on my head.
We turned the corner by the end of the route and I saw the finish line. I tried to sprint, but my body was done.
I crossed the finish line at 24.49. My best time for this route! Official time was 24.45, 5th on my age group.
My glasses were all fogged up after the race, and I'm glad that didn't happen during the race, like it did in the winter for long runs. I really need to look into prescription sunglasses.
|Very sweaty at the finish line.|
I really enjoyed the race, even though it was in a location I can normally run for free, I enjoy the "race" feeling, and the accomplishment after the race is done.
We went hiking after the race, more on that tomorrow.