Picayune Dancers 5K
Last Saturday the Picayune Dancers 5K was held at Jack Reed Park in Picayune, MS. The race was hosted by the Picayune Dancers to fund their upcoming trip to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
As usual I worked a 12 hour shift then decided last minute to run. I made the hour drive to Picayune, which I had never been to before minus passing through on the interstate. The race site was in the historic downtown area.
I got my race number and was ready to run….but I realized the race was not until 7:30pm and I had some time to wait. I had been up since 4:00am for work so I was growing tired by the minute.
Race time finally came and the night skies were setting in. After a quick surprise start with no warning we were finally off.
I felt great the first mile and finished in 7:11. Mile 2 took us into the neighborhood and off of the main street. The nice breeze disappeared and the heat set in. Even though it was now night time, it was holy humidity hot. My pace slowed to 7:44 but I was still in first for the ladies going into the last mile.
Did I mention there were hills? Well baby hills but I did not like it. The last half mile was actually up hill. I had a flashback of the 2003 Regional Cross-country meet in Georgia where the finish line was uphill, like as steep as a levee uphill. This “hill” was nothing compared to that but it still sucked. #southernerproblems.
I slowed to an 8:00 pace and finished a long 5K (3.26 miles) in 24:55. I was a good test run for my upcoming Fall race schedule.
The post race festivities included a DJ and refreshments provided by the Picayune Dancers.
The award ceremony finally kicked off after 9pm. Good thing because I was about to take a nap on a park bench. To my surprise my first place prize was a medal and $75.00 in cash. Woo hoo!
I finally got home at around 11:00pm….just in time to be back up for work for 4:00am. Yay.
I will have about a month until my next race, The Stone Creek 5K in Covington, LA on Friday September 18. Well, who knows maybe I will try to squeeze another one in there. Until next time!