1st XC 5k Invitational (20:01)

So I wrote the entire post and thought I had posted it to my blog…clicked out of Microsoft word then realized I hadn’t posted it.  So that was a me (per usual) fail.  Oh well moving on to my retype.  Hopefully I remember everything…

So my first cross country race on Saturday was fantastic.  It wasn’t a fantastic time, or a PR but the course itself had 15 turns and 5 u turns.  That was the sole reason it wasn’t a PRing course (because of the u turns) but also because of the slight hill.  Anyways, I’m really going to start recapping now.

So I drove to the race and couldn’t find my team anywhere.  (Since I’m interning 2 hours away from my college, I had to drive to the meet by myself.  Sad day).  After looking around for 30 minutes and getting extremely frustrated, I decided to jog out the course (I def needed to warm up) and go from there.

Of course within a mile I found my team and all was well.  During my warmup I did not feel the greatest but I wasn’t too surprised.  The females started this race first (thank goodness).  My team was located in box 11 out of 14, which was actually a really great box line up because we had to cut over towards box 14.

When the gun went off, we went and it was a pretty intense start.  I immediately found myself having a really good start and I moved into second pretty quickly.  (I never have good dstarts…who am I?) The first place female was nationally qualified and very fast.  Meaning, I was not going to take first and I better damn well work for second.

*Let me just interrupt by saying NEVER have I ever been in a position in an XC race that I would rank this high up.  I was fighting for a top 20 place last year!

Moving on, the first mile I took out way to quick at a 5:46.  I just got so excited to be racing again.  And boy did I pay for it in the second two miles.

Well first, I didn’t feel good after mile one and the race seemed like it dragged on forever.   Between mile 1.5-3, there were a series of either long and gradual deceiving hills or more turns.  I had wamred up on this course, I had run this course two years ago (in my first ever cross country race), my coach had warned me about these hills several times…

But for some reason…this hill was still terrible.  It felt never ending and it just felt awful.  Perhaps because my body was just sore due to hard runs and such…who knows…either way I felt awful and I was all aboard the pain train for the remainder of the race.

I never really felt like we were going downhill either.  For the long gradual uphill…where was the downhill for all that uphill?

Oh wait…it was laced between more turns that took more work to maneuver around.  This is cross country though and the courses are like rolling a giant dice.  They aren’t easy and that is why they aren’t road races.

When I saw the finish line I was both relieved and happy.  I ran the entire race by myself at place 2 (with that constant fear that female three was coming up close).

One of my old teammates and good friends was also at the race! YAY!

So 2nd overall with a time of 20:01.  If I had known I was that close, I would have dug something fierce for a sub 20 minute race but for some reason I never saw the clock until after the race.  Oh well I’m over it.

Award winners get t shirts. #neato

Take aways:

  1. Turns stink more then hills
  2. It’s still summer heat
  3. Don’t take races out to fast

Questions for you:

  1. 1.       Is it still summertime hot where you are?
  2. 2.       What is the weirdest course you have ever run?