There were approximately 400 competitors at my 5K yesterday. It was at the University of Dayton and a lot of the runners were college students and parents.
I assumed that parts of this course would be hilly because UD sits on top of a hill, but I was surprised by just how many were. There were very few, if any, flat areas.
All of my training on hills these past few months paid off yesterday. Besides stopping for a sip of water once, I did not have to stop and walk because it was too tough.
I finished it in 31:17. I wanted to come in under 30 minutes, but given how much the course was graded, I'm not disappointed.
I decide to stick around for the awards, something I didn't do in my 2 triathlons because I KNEW I was in the back of the pack. They were only announcing first place winners overall and within age groups, so I knew I wouldn't place first and, therefore, not get any award. But I was enjoying my Panera Bread cinnamon bagel and had nowhere else to be.
They got to my age group and announced the first place male. Then they announced the first place female and - it was ME!
My prize? I got a really nice red UD baseball cap and a sweet way to end my 2008 racing season.