I was supposed to run the Great Bay Half Marathon today, a race I ran last year, but instead I have walking pneumonia. As such, I dropped back to the 5K distance (the Over the Rainbow 5K), and ran my slowest 5K ever.
I love the events Club Loco puts on, and this one was another well organized pair of races. My only complaint is that my 5K wasn’t quite a 5K. It was roughly 3 miles.
I’ve had this happen a few times on 5Ks recently, and I don’t get it. My GPS watch matches up within a couple hundredths of a mile at the mile 1 marker. Then it matches up again at the mile 2 marker. Then there’s no mile 3 marker, and whoa, there’s the finish, and my watch says I still have a tenth of a mile to go.
Look, I know GPS watches aren’t fully accurate, but on a day like this when I’m taking every corner as wide as I possibly can, I shouldn’t lose over a tenth of a mile in the last third of a 5K. If I had been running for a personal best, I would feel cheated, knowing that I was making really good time and that the course was shorter than the advertised difference. Still, it was a day for running really slow, and that’s what I did. I had a good time, too. And after I passed the finish line, I ran a couple more minutes so I could get a full 5K in. Success!