This was the second 5k race that I signed up for. However, with this course, I knew that I wouldn’t hit my goal time. I would just enjoy the course and have fun racing.
The race started with a quick downhill. I wanted to make sure that I stayed with the pack without going too fast. I hung back a little and watched my pace allowing myself to go a little faster than normal. By the time we hit the flat area, I was ready to put in a little more effort.
Soon, I was the first female runner and had the privilege of a cyclist leading me and clearing the way. The race was on a well used trail that was not closed to general use.
The last part of the race was going to be challenging. There was a stretch with a good climb up switchbacks. Fortunately, I knew this course and was prepared.
Right before the switchbacks, another female runner passed me. Darn it! I was going to push as hard as I could and try to pass her. She was running strong but I wasn’t going to give up yet. We were approaching the final turn when she abruptly stopped. I thought that’s strange. I continued to the finish line. It turned out that she wasn’t entered in the race. So, I don’t know how much of the race she ran. But, she helped me push hard to the end. I ended up being the first female runner!!!