Hurricane Matthew messed up a lot of lives in Northeast FL and further up the coast, and even though trivial, it messed up weekend events. JU Homecoming was canceled, which was chock a block full of fun activities and the iconic Jacksonville Marine Corps race. Like I said trivial but still missed. I was running the JU River House 5k and our entry has been deferred until 2017, so that’s good news. How about the Jax Marine Corps race? Riverside and Avondale had a lot of debris from the storm, so that was not a possibility. However, the race was rumored to be rescheduled. When?
Jax Galloway runners had run the day before at Jax Sports Nutrition at an unofficial run since our regularly run was canceled due to damage at Fernandina because of Hurricane Matthew. 5, 8, 12, 16, or 20 miles! Runners need to run. Jax Galloway had official pacers, who most, not all, ran the day before. I was not doing that! And there was the concern of the new course. 4 loops race course to Talleyrand and Bay St back to Metro Park. No shade! Yep, definitely not doing that!
So 5k it is, but I was having second thoughts…race anxiety again. My last race was terrible but then again it was 6p m and 95 degrees. This race started at 7:00 a m and it was in the low 70’s. That’s more like it. Okay wake up at dark thirty and off I go. There was also another reason, I had just kicked off my fundraising event for October,Treats for Ta Ta’s, and I still had treats to sell. I parked at EverbankField and found my Galloway friends. Bathroom break and having Enjoy Fitness watch my treat bag-thank you Joy M.!-I lined up on Bay St ready to start.
7:00a m and the cannon goes off, we run down Bay St towards Talleyrand. I see a man running with a beautiful white dog and decide I’ll keep up with him. 1 mile…9:07? Geez I thought I was going faster. I run up ahead of the guy and dog. My legs feel good and my breathing is not irregular-yay! I am dealing with a cold from my kiddos coughing and sneezing on me. Lots of people around and I’m trying not to trip on anybody. Run down Bay St towards the Riverwalk and past the delicious smell of roasting coffee from the Maxwell Plant. Then head back towards Metro Park, where I start seeing the half marathon groups. I stay ahead of the 2:00 hour group headed by John and Diana, but never see the 1:45 group. Too speedy for me. Then 5k on the right and half on the left. I see that I’m at 26:04 at mile 3, ok c’mon! I cross the finish at 26:29! Yes!
I receive my medal, my finisher glass, and water. Make my way around the finisher festival and then set up shop to sell goodies for the Donna Foundation. Not much luck, but it’s a nice day to enjoy the weather and watching people finish up their race. I would definitely recommend this race. Even with the early October sun and heat it’s a great race. Next year I’ll give the half a go again, but so glad I redeemed myself. My doubts of getting slower at 50 have diminished. I know I’m still trying to reach a 23:00 5k, but if I keep up with speed work and less injuries then I know I can. Here’s to that goal.
Remember it’s about the journey not just the destination,