Independence Day 5k Race Recap!
I wasn’t originally planning on running in the Independence Day 5k in Sweetwater, TN. One of my running pals from the Foothill Striders mentioned it was a pretty nice and flat course. I ended up signing up about a week before the race.
When we arrived to the race venue in Sweetwater, there were a lot more people than I expected! I was a little nervous since this was the first 5k I was signed up for in over 4 years!
I set a goal to complete the Independence Day 5k between 17:30 and 17:45. When the dust settled and I crossed the line, it was slightly over that goal at 17:47. The Garmin 310 XT showed that the course was a little over 3.1 miles, but that’s no big deal. It was a great race regardless!
From the time that the gun went off and the running began, I was focused on staying steady. I did not want to surge out to the front and then be picked off by runners later in the race due to starting to hard. A few folks surged ahead within the first minute of the race and by the first turn around about 0.5 miles in, I was settled right behind the lead runner. We ran side by side occasionally. I felt like he tried to throw a few surges in there to drop me, but I stayed steady and tucked right behind him. At the second turn around, which was around mile 2, we were still neck and neck. My buddy, Brent, was a little ways behind us in third place.
Going into the last mile, I thought maybe the guy I was running with would fade a little bit. He didn’t. We kicked up the pace a little bit towards the end of mile three. We were getting close to the finish line and he surged with about 0.1 miles to go. I had no kick in my legs, but I felt strong holding steady, so I did just that. He crossed the like about 7 or 8 seconds ahead of me. I finished, as mentioned earlier, in 17:47 and immediately gave the winner a hand shake and congratulated him. I’m pleased with my result considering I haven’t done a 5k in over 4 years and haven’t been focusing on much speed work lately.
It was nearly 2 hours after the we completed the race that they did the award ceremony. I ended up winning my age group!
I had a great time at the Independence Day 5k and will definitely consider doing the event again next year!