Now it's time to start thinking about my fitness again. My running buddy Scott from Salt Lake City, Utah and I registered on race day for the Avalon 5 Miler in Avalon, New Jersey. The race was only 30 miles from our hotel in Egg Harbor where we are staying while attending a training class for work. Scott and I arrived in Avalon at around 7:20 a.m., just prior to the scheduled race start time of 8 a.m. We missed the online registration deadline but the race-day registration was quick and easy. Registration was located inside a gym next to a large free parking lot. Both were along the beach just off of the boardwalk.
|Me and Scott with our new cotton race t-shirts|
|The gym/community center|
|T-shirts and day-of-race registration|
|Avalon Avenue where the race started|
|Some homes along the course|
|The boardwalk where the race finished|
I suppose my results were good considering that I didn't train, didn't taper, and had only ran 11.2 miles in the 3 months prior to the race and those miles were accomplished on the Thursday and Friday before this race. My race day preparation was nil. I got little sleep, about 6 hours, and had no breakfast or gels. I did stretch a bit. That has to count for something.
|Results board - 1 through 87|
|Results board - 88 through 174|
Overall, this was a fun race and a good distraction for the weekend. The weather was perfect though the humidity at the shore is higher than I'm used to. The field was good for a local race. There were a couple more than the 174 runners listed on the results board, but not many.
The best place on-line to find out about the race is on the Avalon Five Miler Facebook page or the website for the charity for which the race proceeds benefit, Contact Cape-Atlantic .
I had an epiphany while I was running. I realize that I haven't been training much recently and that's okay. However, if I plan to qualify for Kona, and I do, then my future races will have to result in me dominating the field. I'll need to constantly place in the top 5% or higher. This race put me in the top 25% range of finishers. Losing a little weight wouldn't hurt either. I should probably lose about 15 lbs to be really competitive. I've got lots of work to do.
I had to include two pictures of a cool looking V10 Audi R8 parked near the race start/finish and a picture of a skull dongle where one might typically find something else dangling.
Thanks for reading.