Bun on the Run a good fun run
Anyway, Bun on the Run is a resurrected 5K run at Creamer's field, now managed by Kevin Brinegar and friends. The only chances I get to place high or have a chance to win a race anymore are the little out of synch races, out of the local radar screen. Last year I went for an evening jog there, just when they were wrapping up, and thought that running the one race out of the year at Creamer's (a semi-urban wildlife/bird refuge on the outskirts of the city) would be fun. It was.
No splits, and the course wound around all over the place with lots of sharp turns and dips on the interpretive trails, mostly packed gravel and forest path, with stretch on squishy woodchips. Fortunately Kevin was there leading the way on his bicycle. Even though the course was flagged well, at times it would be hard to tell which way to go! I followed a local high school runner (scouting out for my son's team, haha) for almost half the race, testing here and there to see how much fight he had. Finally, at about 8 or 9 minutes I could sense a slight slackening of the pace so, knowing that he'd have a stronger kick at the finish, I put down what I had for another mile, trying to surge around corners to get out of sight. I slacked a little with about 600 meters to go for about a minute or so before kicking it in, otherwise it was a good 5K effort. 18:00, about 24 seconds ahead. (the paper said, I "edged" him). Guess I should have put just a wee bit more of a strong finish to break 18.
However, no matter how small or low key, a race is a race and a win is a win.
Thanks to Kevin, Ben, Liz, Chad and all for being out there and putting this on. And for a good cause, Solaid, a non-profit to help people in Cambodia. http://www.solaid.org/