So I think I ran 5Ks on Saturday. Regular readers may remember I was going to run the Social Distance Virtual 5K sponsored by Rock City Runners of Little Falls. I ran something, at any rate.
I meant to write my blog post about it yesterday, but I feel sure my readers will forgive me. I was undecided as to whether or not to run right up to the last minute. One factor in favor of running was that my $10 registration would benefit Little Falls Food Pantry. I suppose I coukd have just made a donation directly and had done with, but we all know that is not my style.
I took a before picture. Please note that the shirt is from the Reindeer Run 5K, also sponsored by Rock City Runners. The only 5K track I could remember was the Herkimer Dare 5K. At least, I hoped I could remember it. I think the last time I ran it was 2013. That may have been the last time anybody ran it, since, alas, it is no longer a thing.
I knew it ended at my beloved Historic Four Corners. I walked there from my house and put my sweatshirt and water bottle at the Herkimer County Courthouse. I was pretty sure nobody would bother them, but I used my shabbiest sweatshirt and water bottle just in case. I walked up Main Street to the starting point.
Not surprisingly, I could not recall the exact spot, although I knew it was not all the way at German Street. I picked a spot that looked good, and off I went, like the proverbial herd of turtles.
I knew to go down Main to Church Street, all the way out Church, around the corner to German Street and up Lou Ambers Drive to Herkimer College (or HCCC, as I usually call it). Oh, it was not fun going up that hill! I went up it once recently, and went up another bad hill earlier in the week. It did not seem to matter. However, if there is one thing I know how to do, it is to persevere.
Once I got up to the college, I realized I was not quite clear on where to turn around. The Dare 5K has two routes. One goes just to the college, then down the back road and through Brookfield Park (also known as the Unknown Park in this space). When that route suffered damage in the flood of 2013, they changed to run to go up through the parking lots of the college and back down Lou Ambers Drive.
I ran all the way to the parking lot by the gym. I think that was how far the route went. In any case, I am sure it went no further. Better too far then not far enough, I thought. I felt pretty awful by the time I turned around. Oh crap, was this even going to work?
After I turned around, I felt better. What a difference a little downhill makes! When the downhill got a little steeper, I didn’t like it as much. I leaned back and kept it under control. I thought about really making use of gravity and barreling down that hill, but I am a little leery of getting out of control.
The only problem I had once I got back into the village was that I somehow got it into my head that I should turn onto Prospect Street. Where were those damn Four Corners? Stupid! I should have turned at Main Street! A turn onto Church Street corrected the error, and I don’t think it changed the length of the run.
When I got home I took another selfie. I felt pretty pleased with myself, although I also felt pretty awful. A shower and breakfast helped. I went for a short run on Sunday (today). And I see I have written kind of a long blog post. Not a bad weekend, I say.