Lake Wales Sunrise Series #3

August 16, 2014

This is the final race in the series. It’s a warm morning and it’s already quite humid. I pretty much feel like I’m in an oven. I’m sweating just driving.

After I get my bib, I pin it on my shirt and head to the start line. There are more people at this race than there have been at the previous two. I am glad to see that and I hope that the Rotary Club is raising enough funds to be able to make the improvements along the running trail.

All three of my bibs and the race t-shirt for the Lake Wales Sunrise Series.

All three of my bibs and the race t-shirt for the Lake Wales Sunrise Series.

The race begins. I hate the first hill but trudge up it as best I can. It is really hot and I am already hoping that there will, once again, be cool towels handed out at the water stop. (Course map – LWSS 5K).

I feel a little slow today. For some reason, my legs feel heavy. I didn’t work them too hard at the gym this week. It just seems to be take longer to get moving. My legs don’t hurt; they just feel weighted.

Before I know it, I’m turning the corner and heading towards the lake. The water stop is just ahead of me. I run through my interval to the water stop and then slow to walk. I take some water and (YAY!) a cold washcloth. I wipe my neck and drink my water. Then I wipe my face. The cold towel feels so good. I hang onto it again because I am hot. Really hot.

The path around the lake has some rolling “hills” (I use this term very loosely). I am sticking to my intervals but I am not liking these hills today. I can see the finish line and I keep telling myself that I am almost there. But, the more I say this, the further away it seems. My legs are not my friend right now.

I finally finish in 34:36. This is not a bad time at all. In fact, it is the best of all three of these races for me. I guess there must be something to having heavy feet!

I decide to stick around for the awards ceremony. Since I managed to place in the other two races, I hold out some hope that maybe I placed in this one.

I finished fourth of four in my age group at this race. I am just outside of the awards but I am happy knowing that I placed twice before. I didn’t know that awards for the series would be given though. So, imagine my surprise to receive first place in my age group for the series. I’ve never won anything at a race before and I don’t generally expect to. I race against myself in hopes of improving. I also race because I enjoy it. I race to better myself and to enjoy the experience of running and crossing the finish line. Every finish line has some meaning and the feeling never gets old to me.

I was first in my age group for the Lake Wales Sunrise Series races (I was the only person in my age group to complete the series).

I was first in my age group for the Lake Wales Sunrise Series races (I was the only person in my age group to complete the series).

I got a nice medal for finishing first for the series in my age group. I was really excited about this because I just didn’t expect it. I was the only lady in my age group to run the entire series. But, that doesn’t take away from the accomplishment for me. I am pleased and will proudly hang my medal with all of my other medals.

This was a fun series. I hope that the Rotary Club will do these again next year. I don’t know if they raised enough money for the improvements to the running trails. It would be great if they could make this an annual series though. It’s really close to my house and there really aren’t a lot of races that are close like this. It was well organized and I would definitely do this series again next year if they have it.

Sunrise series race #3 expenses:

Gas: ~$5
Breakfast: ~$3
Total : ~$8

Gotta run.

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