The Race the Landing summer 5K series is a favorite of mine and this will be the 3rd year that I have purchased a whole series pack to participate in all five races. By registering early I got all 5 race entries for less than the price of buying four races individually. Why am I back to Race the Landing again this summer in spite of the ridiculously hot and humid weather and the fact that 5Ks are probably my least favorite distance:
– good prices
– pretty course
– lots of age group awards
– good looking awards
– fabulous, free dinner after
– catching up with friends from the year before
– great on course photographer
– a fun way to stay active June – August
– to push myself to run faster
The first of five races was this past Thursday night and I have a confession – I missed it.
I would love to give you some amazing story straight from a James Bond movie of me flying in and out of lanes of traffic and jumping across the hoods of cars only to get there right after the race started, but the truth is much lamer. I was absolutely exhausted on Thursday night after a long week at work and realized I would have time for an hour nap before getting ready and leaving for the race. I laid down at 4:15 with my alarm set to wake me up at 5:15 so I would have plenty of time to be out of the house by 5:45 and to the park before they locked the entrance gates at 6:30.
What happened? Apparently I was so exhausted that I slept right through my alarm and didn’t wake up until 7:something. I was so frustrated with myself when I woke up, but there was nothing I could do about it by then.
The next 5K in the series will be this Thursday and I am looking forward to running it. My only goal will be to run a sub 30 since I am just coming back and know that I am not close to my 26:36 PR with my lost fitness and added weight.
Okay, that is untrue – I have two goals.
A sub 30.
And to wake up for the race. (Note to self: set two alarms!)
Let me know –
Have you ever overslept and missed a race?
Are you a napper? Yes or no?
Photos courtesy of Brian Fancher