last weekend was the second annual fit 4 fall 5K, sponsored by local olympian hero bryan clay. i love having runs this close to home, and it was a no-brainer for me to sign up for this one again considering i run the same course on a regular basis anyway. and just like last year, the day of the race dawned cloudy and gray. i got there nice and early in order to find decent parking and get my bib and t-shirt without having to elbow my way through the crowds.
as i stood and waited for my turn, the man himself came out to make a few announcements and introduce the race photographer.
too bad for me, though - when i got to the front of the line it turned out i'd been standing in the late registration line. bah. except how was i supposed to know that i should've been waiting elsewhere when they posted such pertinent information in a rather inconvenient location?
hmph. oh, well. i still managed to get my stuff with plenty of time to head back to the car and drop off the tee that i wasn't going to wear right away.
by the time i got back, the crowds were considerably larger. i was glad i hadn't chosen to sleep that extra 15 minutes after all.
just like last year, there were lots of bryan clay promos out there.
i figured i'd take a picture of the prizes, since this was the closest i'd ever get to 'em.
because everyone was still checking in and visiting the various vendor booths, i managed to get shots of the start and finish line without a bunch of people in the way.
the clay family did the same thing, only with a professional photographer to capture their shot. i probably looked like such a creeper taking this with my phone.
when they were done, i debated going over to get a picture with them. but as the kids ran off to see their friends and his wife headed into another direction, i felt kinda weird about it. and so i didn't.
by the time the race actually started, it was pouring rain. i like running in the rain, though. kinda reminds me of being a little kid playing in the puddles. only now, i get to breeze through my run without overheating. it was great, and totally contributed to the awesome pace i managed to maintain for the entire three miles. i didn't take a single walk break, and i was so proud of myself. and this year, it was kind of cool to see bryan standing just beyond the finish line, high-fiving everyone who crossed it.
now, according to my nike app, i'd run a pretty damn good race (for me) - it recorded my average pace at 9:49/mile. compared to my usual sub-11:00 time, this was freaking awesome. but when the official results came in, it showed me at 10:13/mile. boo. i liked nike's results better. although either way, i still didn't beat last year's time of 29:51. oh, well. i still felt damn good about myself, so i sucked it up, went over to bryan, and got this:
and then i headed over to a booth handing out protein recovery drinks and scored a free shaker cup - in my favorite color, no less.
i snagged my free swag bag, and then i was outta there.
just another race bib to add to the collection. oh, and another t-shirt, too. as soon as i'm done with my 2012 runs, i'm gonna sit down and make myself a nice little quilt with all my race shirts. cool, right? better than having a giant stack of shirts taking up valuable space in my dresser.
as long as it turns out nicely, i suppose. we'll see.