2012 St Pete Creaky Bones 5k, a set on Flickr.
On second thought (two days before) I decided I would sign up for the race.
I’ve been hobbled by arthritis pain & swelling in my knees the last few months, so I haven’t been running very much. Knowing that I would turn in a poor performance was keeping me from entering.
My time this year was a minute and a half slower than last year, which isn’t bad on paper. Thing is, last year I lost two minutes at the start and felt like a PB was possible.
This year’s Creaky Bones race had the Start/Finish line located behind The Pier in St Pete. So the slow congested release only had to last half a lap around The Pier, and not the whole way around it.
Factors in the race: The wind! Not too bad, but only an issue on the inbound trek back onto the Pier. Another factor: Kids! wow, there were some REALLY fast kids in this race. I mean four & five years old and gutting it out – impressive! For my listening pleasure I queued-up DJ Kurch’s iClub Deep mix. (great running soundtrack – heck great soundtrack all around) Afterwards they had beers behind the Pier for the racers. Heck, it must have been a great race, free beer!