Something funny happened on my way to the starting line of the first annual Cornfest 5K Run. I got a little confused and apparently got into the wrong corral. The starting gun sounded and I was off to a great start. My plan was to keep to doing intervals, that is, run for 3 minutes, walk for 2. As in most races, I started a little fast, but then settled into a nice slow pace. As I chugged forward I was wondering when I was ever going to hit the halfway point. As most of you know, the Cornfest course is a very flat, out-and-back style course.
Anyway, as I continued to move forward I finally saw the turn around up ahead and now, coming back towards me was Craig from Ohio. I yelled out, "Man Craig, that was a long mile and a half."
Craig replied, "Dude, what are you talking about?? That was the 3.1 mile mark!!"
That's right, I got on the wrong darn course!! I accidentally got into the 10K race. I guess that would explain those 2 plaid streaks that went by me, going in the other direction, about 20 minutes ago...it was Chris and Mike.
Well, the only thing to do now was to turn back, run another 3.1 miles, and finish the race. I was starting to struggle a little when I heard a voice...no not him...it was Deb!! "What are you doing on this course Heath?" inquired Deb, as she ran by me.
"I don't know, I'm trying to figure that out myself." My pace on the back half was a little slower, but I made it back to the finish line.
As I crossed the finish line, Matt and Rae were both standing there with a some gatorade in hand. In unison they said, "Holy Cats Heath, nice job!!"
"Thanks guys. Why didn't you tell me I got into the wrong line??"
I think I definitely earned the turtle award with a time of 1:29:00, but it's still on pace to not get swept in the half...and hey, I just completed the longest race of my life...so far.
As I got in my car to drive home after the race, I thought to myself, "Wow, January is really gonna be a blast!!!"