This year was a little bit different from the previous years, as I actively participated in the organization of the Malverne 5K run and the kids races that preceded the 5K run. The full recap of the event is posted on the Malverne 5K Run website.
Regarding my own running, there wasn’t much happening. Except the fact that I was postponing to attach the bib so long that I had to hold it in my hand during the race. I didn’t get surprised by a large number of runners ahead of me after the start. I kept even pace during the 5K. I knew that many front runners would eventually slow down after a mile or so. Those who wouldn’t slow down were in faster category and would increase their distance from me anyway. I was very happy that my wife got inspired and ran also. She ran the entire distance without a need to catch a breath while walking.
I consider finishing only 4 seconds slower than last year (my PR on the same course) as a great performance. Last year, I fought till the finish line with another Malvernite. This year, I didn’t place first in any category—not in master, nor resident, nor age group. No wonder, there were over 200 finishers.