Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race

BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! That is the word of the day, for the end of April Mid 30’s and 20 mph winds made for a cold race this morning. Otherwise I loved the course, it was back at where I used to teach and it felt kind of strange driving into the driveway after almost a year.  I got to see a teacher that I worked with (Sue M), a former co-worker from Good-Will Hinckley (Mike G) and some other runners that I have seen and talked with at the races – I’ve been to.

I had to laugh though, there was a motorcycle training class in the parking lot, which caused a lot of people to look around for the race registration (including me).  One thing I found out that my Presto Faze running shoes are not great at is standing on telephone poles that are laying down – I slipped off one while waiting and drove a 1/4 inch sliver into my hand (had to do safety pin surgery before the race).

Neither the wind or the cold really bothered me all that much and I felt that I was starting a little faster than usual, but my times were really slow at the split points, so I don’t know how accurate they were? Unfortunately, I didn’t push that hard and it was more like a hard tempo run than a race pace.

This is where my lack of speed work really shows – I just don’t know how to run fast, with this new form. I seem to be able to go far at a pretty steady pace, but going faster just feels awkward. I will start to work on that over the next few months and get some of that speed back that I have lost.

How did I do?

That being said, my 23:25 was still a new PR and I finished 10/45 and won my age group, so I felt pretty good after the race. I haven’t come in first in a race since high school, so catching an age group win was pretty satisfying. For winning my age group, I got to choose my favorite snack – whoopie pies!

Here are some pictures that I took this morning:

Overall, I was very happy with my race and how I did!  I am also using this for my Twitter Road Race result 🙂 so it was a twofer.

Which shoes did I wear – the Nike Presto Faze, they didn’t bother my ankle a bit (no blood on the sock) and I didn’t think about them during the race, which meant they did everything I expected of them and they were not a distraction. I now remember why I liked running in these shoes so much.

Now to just get it to warm back up again and get rid of this wind ;-).

I really do like the small local races, they are low-key and just fun to run. Plus I enjoy meeting new runners and seeing old friends or runners before and after the race. I want to say thank you and that the organizers and volunteers did a great job with the race!!!!


  1. Nice race man! I am glad you have put aside those other shoes. Without them killing your mental outlook can do wonders for your runs. 🙂


    1. Thanks – I agree with you on mental outlook part, I am letting them rest for a week and I will try them again next week to see what happens.


  2. Cool page, thanks for the pic’s. I’m the relatively tall guy wearing all black and also running in the 50’s category-See you at the next race!


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