After an awesome experience at last month’s Tacky Prom Free 5K Fun Run hosted by TriCycle and Run in St. Michaels, I was excited to return for the I Thought They Said RUM Free 5K Fun Run.
These monthly free races are prediction races. Since I have been wanting to run a 5K in under 26 minutes recently, I put down 25:59 as my predicted time. Runners can win if they come in within 10 seconds on either side.
I’ve given it away in my headline — my predicted time ended up being very close to my actual time, which I was happy about. I ran the course, the same course as the Tacky Prom race, in 26:06.
The end has a little loop-around spot, and I saw 25:57 on the clock as I neared the finish. I tried to kick it up as much as I could so that I could come in within 10 seconds of my prediction.
This is only my second prediction race, so I guess I’m not bad at knowing my speed. I was one of nine runners who came in within 10 seconds, according to the results.
I liked that the course was the same as the Tacky Prom race because it makes it easy to compare times. I was faster this month than I was last month. Although I was wearing a dress, I ran the course in 26:31 that time.
I actually thought it felt hotter last month. It did feel hot once I finished today, Sunday, June 19, but the weather didn’t seem too bad today, for it being June.
I ran without a watch, but I felt like I got a relatively fast start, slowed down a little in the middle and tried to do the last mile fast. I did stop at the water stop on the way out and back, and each time I drank a little water it felt like I gained a little extra energy.
The race was free, but each month, donations are collected for a certain cause. This month, it was for Talbot Humane, and I brought a bag of cat food. I thought the amount of food collected was impressive!
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