So I have now logged five races in six months, this time at the Music Fest Road Race. I am still hunting for my first sub-40-minute finish in 5Ks this year, but I will take a 40:58 as hot as it was on the course today. As Samantha is quick to remind me, I have little hope of turning in faster times unless I can start fitting in runs during the week. The trouble is that mornings before work are a lost cause (we are lucky to make it to our respective jobs on time), and the afternoons are hit and miss as to whether we have something on the schedule.
This race was a fun one, though. It had the signature hills that any road race through downtown will, but a good third of it is weaving through the Bicentennial Mall state park. That part of the route is mostly flat, so it is not nearly as tough as the last long leg down Gay Street before it merges into First Avenue. A few runners around me were complaining about an uphill finish line, but I was not too worried about it.