The Doctor said I was free to resume my normal activities after a little scare with my heart last week. He didn't say (or at least I didn't hear) that I should take it easy for a while. But my Mom did. And several friends did. So I reluctantly agreed. I would run the Miles for Melanoma 5k Sunday, but I wouldn't run real hard.
The Miles for Melanoma 5k has become an annual reservation on my running calendar. It's a really nice group of people running for an important cause. And my friend Dina Bair from WGN, a cancer survivor, is very involved with the group, in addition to her work in helping organize the 'media running team'.
The race runs along the familiar Lakefront path from Montrose Harbor, north to about Foster and back. It's a flat and beautiful course, and features a relatively small field of runners. That might help explain how nearly everyone on the Media team won an age group or overall medal!
As for my race, I vowed to try to follow the advice from Mom, and started back in the pack. I ran with a couple of media team friends for the first half of the race before my competitive instincts kicked in. I realized a guy who appeared about my age was a short distance ahead of me, and I figured I could at least pick it up enough to try to pass him and place higher in my age group. I managed to catch him with about a half mile left. But after I passed him, I realized I still had that half mile left, and I was going to have to work a little to make sure he didn't come back and pass me again!
He didn't. And I didn't even notice the clock at the finish line. I also failed to start my own watch at the beginning of the race. It was probably appropriate, since I didn't need to be worrying about such things anyway. I believe I saw something about an average of 7:14 pace when I picked up my age group award. That's a good :45/mile slower than I would have generally aimed for. But I finished feeling good, and in one piece!
Congrats to everyone who ran, and to those who ran the Big Ten race or the Mud Run on Saturday. Several of the media team members did the weekend double. I was envious! But, I suppose if I want to keep running for the next few decades, I probably ought to make sure my heart cooperates!
Now I gotta just work on Mom before the next race! See you on the roads.......