2010 Toast of Marissa 5K
Over the weekend I headed back to the small town I grew up in and ran the 2nd Annual Toast of Marissa 5K. This run was sandwiched between an 11 mile run on Friday (I did a little audio recording during this, by the way) and a 20 miler on Sunday, so I wanted to take things easy and not go crazy. My “A” race right now is the Memphis Marathon on Dec 4th, so doing an all-out 5K at this point and risking injury was not a priority.
Last year at this race, I ran my 5K PR in 22:30. My splits were 7:31, 7:29, 7:16. Even if I wanted to go for a PR, I wasn’t sure it was possible. I had planned to run 7:45s and just cruise a bit. Well, I just cruised and was only 8 seconds off of my PR. Ran an unofficial 22:38. Splits were 7:34, 7:31, 7:25. I remember running pretty hard last year and really feeling it. This year, this pace was MUCH easier. While I could’ve run faster and set a new PR, I’m not at all disappointed, because I had a plan and stuck with it and had a good run.
One funny (dangerous?) situation was when a train came through and stopped the race leaders about .3 miles from the finish. Fortunately I’m not that fast and wasn’t affected. Apparently, the train stopped them for 2 minutes. The race organizers did call the train company and ask that they not run through town at that time, but apparently they didn’t listen. Doh!
I enjoyed being back home and running this race again. Maybe only 50 people or so ran it, but it doesn’t matter. Got to have a good run around my old childhood streets, got a nice long sleeve shirt, and enjoyed another post-race brat.