On the day I started my 46 revolution around the sun, I was talked in to running the Beech Mountain Xterra 5k. There was also a 15k, which is much more my kind of thing, but timing wise I just couldn’t make it work — we had to get off the mountain and get R1 off to camp. Plus Lucho suggested a hard 5k would be better for me with where I am in my training right now.
I got quite the birthday present — the young gun that must have gotten 90-120s ahead of me missed a turn, and so while I thought I was running for 2nd place, I came in to the finish and was told I won the race overall! Hardest 5k I’ve ever run (not that I run many, it’s been over two years since the last); slowest 5k (28:11) I’ve run at least in the last 25 years if not ever… But I’ll take the win! (It’s the 1st time I’ve ever won a race outright!)
The data shows I was in the 5:15 range on the downhill….