Narberth CF 5 Miler

After last weekend’s issue of not paying enough attention to detail and going to the wrong place to register a race, I made up for it this weekend.  I was (luckily) able to come home from my rotation in Renovo, PA a day early and was googling what to do this weekend.  I found the Narberth CF 5 Miler last weekend on Active, but had kept it in the back of my head since I didn’t know what my plans would be.  Yesterday, I made the 10 minute drive to Narberth to register and pick up my bib since it’s not a regular occurrence to have races over 5 miles or so.  That, and it was practically in my backyard and for a good cause, so how could I say no?

This morning, I left around 8:10 to have enough time to park (hey, it’s the Philadelphia area, parking is always a problem).  Since I’m familiar with the area, I knew there was a shopping center with a parking lot close by and I (along with a whole bunch of people) parked over there.  Since I was planning to do more than 5 miles, I pulled up RunKeeper on my phone and just started running and warming up.  After 1.75 miles, I headed to the start.  This was one of the more organized races I’ve run.  They had stuff to keep the kids entertained, you knew where to go, and better yet, it was small.  A few minutes after 9, we were off.  The course was one of those runs where you go through side streets to get your miles in, or at least that’s how it felt.  There were also more hills than I thought there would be, but I don’t run out there often (OK, so this was the first time).  My first 3 miles or so, I was running just under 9 minute miles and I was excited because it was turning out to be a fast course, despite the hills.  Then, I have no idea what happen.  I got somewhat shaky and didn’t feel right.  This is one of those you should probably eat something before you run or hydrate more.  By the time I got to mile 4, I had run a 10 minute split but was able to get myself together.  I made up some time and survived some more hills to finish in 46:03, at 9:12 minute/mile pace.  A 5 mile/8K PR for me :-).  What I liked about this race was the amount of people who came out for it, especially for a small race (all of 690 ish runners).  At one point, some guy came running out of his house shirtless (but wearing shorts) to cheer on runners.  Little kids had water stands set up for runners along the course and people had come up with teams supporting friends of theirs.  It reminded me why I like the smaller races :-).

The weather was also perfect.  It was in the low 60s ish, but it felt humid to me.  I was sweating buckets (or so it felt like) by the time I finished.  Water and some bananas/oranges at the finish made me feel better.  I still haven’t figured out why I felt bad during that one mile stretch.  It wasn’t the runner’s wall that I’ve felt before, but just shakiness and feeling off.  As much as I didn’t feel like racing today, I liked this race.  Local, for a good cause, kids race after the main race and a local restaurant was giving away a free beer to runners who came in with their bibs.  Take a look at them, definitely a race to do!  Did you run?  Run the Day has results posted!

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About drrunner
6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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