Returned to my old home time...Rye, NY...for the Rye Derby 5 mile road race. The race is 26 years old. I helped start the race and create the original course...along with the course modifications that have occurred over the year. Nearly every year...including this year...I've been responsible for marking the course. I've been able to run the race a few times...but the last time I ran it was 18 years ago.
This year...I came out of tax season better than I have in long time...so I thought I'd try running the race. It went like this:
2 hours before the race - 32 mins easy...a few walk breaks
30 mins before the race - 3 mins walk, 12 mins easy, 4 x 30 secs at race pace
5 mile race in 31:31 (14th overall, 2nd place in 50-59)
12 mins jog cool-down
Race went OK. Time was a bit slower than I thought I would do...but felt good...just couldn't run any faster. Haven't done anything fast in 8-9 weeks...just distance...so wasn't really race sharp. Have good base. A little quick stuff and race performance will improve.
On a side note...for the first time in the 26 years I've been marking the course...people went the wrong way. The top women ended up missing a major turn and ending up who knows where. They didn't see the arrows I put on the road...or the police officer...or the course marshals. And for some reason the course marshals and police officer didn't bother to say anything to the young ladies as they blew by the critical turn. I guess telling people which way to go isn't in their job description.