The university held it's 13th annual "Bash the Bluffs" 5K to raise money for campus recreation in memory of a renowned former professor of exercise science. I read about it in a bathroom stall, and decided to sign up a couple of days ago. Since my last "race" was that slow steady half-marathon, I thought a quick and dirty 5K sounded like fun.
The event page said:
"...the unique course topography providing scenic views of the UCCS campus, the city of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. This hilly course is challenging for runners, but is stroller and dog friendly for walkers"
DANG, they weren't kidding about that "hilly" and "challenging"! In fact, I think I was so busy being challenged by the hills that I missed the scenic views, but I'll take their word for it.
Official results aren't in yet, so I don't know how many entrants there were. It was a relatively small event, though. 300 to 400 runners I'm guessing. And it was a nice morning for it. Temperatures in the low 50's with partly cloudy skies.
I started out pretty good. The lead males established their alpha pace right away, and I found myself in a pack with one female ahead of me. I managed to pass her at about the one-mile point, but then another girl took me over a short while down the road. About a half-mile later, another fiesty one passed me. We ended up holding those positions until the end.
|What is my top?|
Other than "Not Magenta"?
Killer Hill was shortly after the halfway point. I had girl #1 and girl #2 both still in my sites. They were both wearing magenta tops. Hmm... maybe that's their secret. Magenta tops. Anyways, I used the magenta targets to will me to the crest of Killer Hill.
I managed to suck wind long enough to hold onto the 3rd place female finish. First for the old ladies.
Unofficial time of 22:35.
So it was a fun start to the day, and I got some nice loot:
Long-sleeved t-shirt, flashlight / keychain, coupla coupons (chiropractor, running store), and for turd place, a dinner for two at a local steak house and a small certificate with my name surprisingly spelled correctly. Magnum suggests I do more races so we can eat out more often. We have yet to use our dinner from the Rescue Run.
And the forecast for tomorrow is cold and snow and cold cold. Run and be merry today, for tomorrow we freeze!