Woot! I received a medal. My first since I was seventeen. It was the “Fly With the Flock” 5K at the Ogden Nature Center.
I came in 30th overall, and 3rd in my age division (3rd out of 19). My playlist started with “Beautiful Day” by U2, but I added “Donnybrook Affair” by Carbon Leaf in front, to listen to while waiting for the race to start. But then I wanted to listen to it while waiting for the crowd to thin so I could go faster. I finished my playlist with “Lucky Country” by Midnight Oil followed by “Merry Mac” performed by Carbon Leaf. Just before my name was read for me to claim my medal, a Coldplay song came to mind: “You might be a big fish, in a little pond, doesn’t mean you’ve won, ’cause along may come a bigger one”. The second place finisher was 7.5 minutes ahead of me.
The course was fairly flat, mostly on dirt trails through the nature center, with a few ups and downs to be expected when trail running, but the total elevation gain/loss was probably no more than 10 feet. It was a two lap course, and it was also a long course. My Garmin Forerunner 305 reported 3.24 miles, while RunKeeper on my Samsung Galaxy SIII reported 3.33 miles (which was a bit unusual, as my Garmin usually reports a longer distance than RunKeeper). My Garmin had my pace at 9:01/mi and RunKeeper had me at 8:51/mi.
Shortly after I came around the last corner on the second lap, some phlegm slipped down from my nose into my throat, as I had not been clearing my nose, only my throat. This was rather unfortunate, as my phlegm started to try to kill me. I had to stop and clear my throat while also dry heaving as a result. Some of the runners who passed me during that moment probably were thinking it was worse that it was: just some phlegm trying to bite the hand that feeds it. The nice upshot of this was it gave me a good reference point to look at when I got home. As fortune had it, this was when I reached the 3.1 mile mark according to my Garmin. So, I can report that my 5K time was 27:26, as opposed to my official result (this would of course also mean I finished better than 30th, as those who passed me at that time would not have passed me).