There have been times during races when I have wished for it to rain. Please, Mother Nature, just let the drizzle start and end the humidity that's making me feel puffy and slow.
Luckily for me, that feeling has only surfaced during a 5K.
This weekend, runners felt the effects of the late summer heat and humidity in Rochester where organizers shut down the Preferred Care Rochester Marathon at mile 20 on Sunday. Luckily for those who trained for it and made this marathon their prime race of the year had options to finish. Organizers didn't start closing the course until noon, when reportedly there were fewer than 100 runners left on the course. Additionally, the Democrat and Chronicle reported that those left on the course were given the choice to finish the race or hop onto a shuttle bus.
The conditions weren't nearly so bad for me on Saturday morning when I ran in the Laughlin's 5K to benefit Make a Wish Foundation. In fact, though it was a bit muggy in downtown Buffalo, I ran a personal best time of 29:09 and took second place in my age group. That meant "hardware" for the first time. OK, well, technically it was my second time earning a top place in my age group. In looking back at my race results, I noticed I finished third at the Lisa's Legacy Race back in May but circumstances forced me to leave the post-race party early.I think I may have gotten an award there, but I'll never know.
And the "hardware" of Laughlin's 5K was actually just a race number belt -- the kind you use to hold to hold your race number (in lieu of safety pins on your t-shirt) and to carry a few extra gels for longer runs. It's nice, don't get me wrong, and I'm overwhelming pleased with my PR and age group finish. But, quite frankly, for my first collected piece of hardware I would have liked a medal or trophy to display to one and all. Instead, I'll frame my race number belt. That will be a good conversation starter.
Finally, for all those who were eagerly awaiting the results of the 2008 Nautica Malibu Triathlon, it appears that Jennifer Lopez doesn't look any better in a wet suit than the rest of us. She finished the short course -- a half mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run in two hours, 23 minutes and 58 seconds. I don't have her splits, but I'm confident at this point, I could take her. Or at least, make a race of it.