It’s true. As I was hustling in my limp/run-gingerly style through the last mile of Saturday’s Valentine’s Day Dash 5K at Green Lake Park in Seattle, I passed a runner dressed as a huge, silver wrapped Hershey’s chocolate going the other way. He (or she) had already finished the race and was walking back to his car (or gift box).
This race is always festive, and there were runners wearing tutus, pajamas, and sportcoats and ties (and more clothes than Seattle’s 2013 Cupid Undie Run, held the same day). Most everyone was in red; race organizers suggested that participants don their free bright “Love The Run” race shirt (see picture) for the event.
But the Hershey’s chocolate won my vote as best costume of the day. It was an incredibly heavy, bulky and unbearably hot outfit to wear, and probably forced other participants to move to the side as this bell-shaped runner plowed through the narrow Tunnel of Love to the finish line.
I continue to enjoy running these races — until I see the race clock at the finish line. I’d thought for sure that I had run (jogged) harder and improved my post-ankle surgery 5K time. But, no. My chip time was 32 seconds slower than it was for the Resolution Run 5K on Jan. 1, my first complete 5K run (versus walk/run or complete walk) since my surgery in August 2011. My time was 42:35, a pathetic pace of 13:44 per mile.
Yes, running with a limp is slow-going. Here are race results.
A few interesting tidbits:
- Some 2,460 people finished the race this year, almost 100 more than a year ago. The race is less than 10 years old, but keeps growing.
- Last year, women outnumbered men in the race by 2 to 1, but this year, it was closer to 3 to 1.
- Brett Winegar of Seattle finished second a year ago in 15:39, but this year won the race in 15:22. Megan Heuer won the women’s race in 16:59.
I did beat my last year’s time of 48:02, but … last year, I walked most of the race, if you remember this post. My personal best for this race, which I’ve run seven times now, was 25:48 in 2007.
At any rate, I am on to bicycling now, training on my new Trek 1.1. road bike to get ready for the Chilly Hilly on Bainbridge Island on Feb. 24. There are three runs I’d like to do in March, including the Mercer Island Half Marathon (probably a walk/run). But it’s mostly bicycling until then.
Thanks for reading. Till next time.