pictures from Ashland JWC shutterfly page:
As the title states, this was the first annual Ashland NE Junior Woman’s Club 5k Fun Run. Erica and I were tipped off to the event by a fellow member of our softball team. Neither of us had been to Ashland, and we were free that morning so we gladly signed up. The weather was nice – about 72 degrees and a bit humid, if I remember correctly… I decided to wear my blue VFF Classics for the race, because for some reason I had the Velcro strap on my Sprints a bit tight at the CB ½ marathon and they rubbed the top of my feet raw. They are healed now and I’m back running in the Sprints, which I prefer by far for running over the Classics. Anyway, this was a very small race compared to the Boystown run on Monday. I could see a few people looking at my shoes and then tapping the person next to them and pointing… I’m used to it by now. I jogged around a bit and did some strides to warm up and then went to wait at the start. When the gun went off I was a little antsy and went right to the lead. It felt like I was running pretty fast but it was just so fun that I figured I’d go with it. After a couple minutes I looked down at my Garmin watch and noticed that I had pushed the wrong button at the start and that it was not calculating. Rats. I started the clock there – somewhere before the first mile. There were two kids that had volunteered to lead everybody on their bicycles – thanks to them! It was a nice town to run through and nice to do a 5k – I have been doing longer distances lately so 5k felt it went by really fast. The two mile splits I got were around 6:06 and 6:16 – I finished first in 18:XX so the first mile must have been 5:40 or so. Afterward the second finisher came up and talked to me – thought the “shoes” were cool. He did very well, in my opinion, finishing in around 22 minutes while pushing his son in a stroller! Impressive. I’d say that’s good for a 2-3 minute handicap. Overall very fun – they should do it again next year!
Update - Official time for the race was 18:31