My First 5k of 2009

By Adam Hawkins

Due to my work schedule, Sunday races are normally the only races I can run. I found out about the St. Patrick’s Day run via the Lake Run Club’s website, and decided to bite the bullet and send in an application several weeks before the race.

I had trained all winter, bundling up in the cold, and hitting my junky treadmill when the wind chills were dangerously low. I even turned my Fila’s into, ‘screwed shoes’ to brave the ice. My mileage had been pretty steady for the year, but was I ready for a race?

2008 had been an incredible year for me, running-wise. I set new p.r.’s in the 5K,10K and half marathon. So, the pressure was definitely on, not to embarrass myself in my first race of the year!

The weather on race day (3/15) was really nice! It was sunny, with a stiff wind, but nice conditions for a race. The temperature was somewhere in the high 50’s/low 60’s.  I got to the VFW Hall in plenty of time to get my shirt, and race packet. I was surprised to find out this would be a chip-timed event! I was impressed.

I stopped for a pre-race break at the porta-potty, and made my way to the blow-up finish thingie. Everybody got in their last minute stretches. We strained to hear the instructions from the starter, who just cupped his hands over his mouth and barked them out.


So, we were off. The fast guys took off in a flash, and us middle-of-the -packers headed out at a moderate pace. My main focus was to find a comfortable pace, relax and see what I could do.

We hit the first mile and the timekeeper yelled out ‘Seven thirty.’ I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pretty happy. The second mile came after running through more streets in the neighborhood. This timekeeper yelled out ‘Fourteen fifty-five.’ So, at least I was consistent!

I tried to keep something in the tank as the finish line came into view. I began my finishing kick, and my official time was 23:14. I waited for the volunteer to remove my chip, I then made it to the post-race festivities.

As I walked back to the VFW, I saw a guy running with some results in his hand. By the time I got my water and green frosted sugar cookies, the results for most of us were already posted! That was impressive, too! I didn’t think too much about my time until Lance Cull e-mailed me with the fact that I wasn’t too far off my 5K p.r.! Thanks, Lance!

Overall, I would give this race a ‘thumbs up’. It was nothing fancy, but it was flat and fast. It was pretty well organized and being chipped timed is a plus. The long-sleeved shirt is nice addition to my collection.

– Adam

Illiopolis native, Adam Hawkins, is the midday announcer at 104.5 WFMB in Springfield. He has been a runner for 5 years.

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