The first weekend of March is always reserved in my calendar for the Point Bock 5 mile run. Who doesn't love a race that you only have to run 5 miles to earn 3 free beers from an awesome brewery and get to spend that time with friends. Pretty much a DUH there!
Normally this race is pretty cold and we are all feeling done with winter by this time. In a few of the past races it has managed to snow the night before and the footing conditions were not always the best. I came into the race with no expectations, I was not in shape for a PR and I wanted to just enjoy the day. It was a blissful 35 degree day with the sun shining, but there was a pretty strong headwind we would have to deal with on parts of the course. Yay for only having to wear single layers again!
Several of us decided to run together, Sarah and I busted out laughing at the beginning of the race when the local speedwalker went right by us. We have seen this guy at local races for the past few years and this guy in particular passed me just before mile 25 of the GB marathon last year. It took us a little bit to get our shit back together but we passed him not too much later and left him in our dust!
It took me awhile to find a groove in this race and when I finally did we were about 3 miles in, it lasted for about a mile until I felt like I was slowly crashing. I felt hungry at the start of the race, which starts at noon, and I didn't bring along anything to eat. I knew we were close so I pushed myself to try and keep a good pace. I surprised myself with my finishing time and pace. This was also the first race I have done where I did not carry water with me and I didn't grab any at the turnaround either. This will change though as the weather warms up.
Once we finished I gulped down some water and gatorade and then eat the teeniest banana, a bagel chunk and a blueberry muffin. Then it was into the tent for some brewski's and the post race high!
We eventually left to grab some lunch/dinner and then headed to the hotel to clean up. We had a fun night playing Hammershlagen and a bit of karaoke, when we finally crashed I think it only took me a few minutes to pass out!