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2014 Ready or Not 5K

by Michael Louden

This past Saturday I traveled to Otsego to participate in the 13th annual Ready or Not 5K. This was my fifth time participating in the event. I arrived about 45 minutes early, enough time to pick up my gear, get in a warm-up run and stretch. Plus I caught up with a few of my running buddies before the race.

The course is pretty flat the entire route, except for one small incline and decline around the two mile mark. The course is run on the road out in the country and is one big block around the side streets in Otsego.

The race started at 8am and I started up near the front. Their were about 160 runners participating in the 5K run and more it not being a large race many fast runners come out and participate so I knew it would be a challenge to place in my age group. I also had not run as much as I should have been in recent weeks so I was going to take it a little slower so I don't burnout by the time I reach the first mile.

I got into the main group in front of me and ran with them for about the first half mile and then the group began to break up just a little bit. After we headed down the road for a mile I glanced at my watch and I was at 6:25 about right where I wanted to be after one mile. We turned left and then about a 1/4 mile turned left again. I got passed by one runner and that was the only runner who passed me after the first mile. I also found myself in between the group in front of me and the group behind me. This seems to happen every race.

I hit the little hill and then quickly proceeded by the little downhill, the only undulation change in the course. My second mile was a 6:30 mile and was running along at a consistent pace however the inconsistent running was about to catch up for me and I could feel it.

I got back to Dix. St. and turned right was heading into the last 1/2 mile of the race. I tried to pick up the pace and did a little as we ran past the park and turned right and was now into the final tenth of the race and I sprinted toward the finish line. I wound up crossing the line in 29th place overall and third in my age group with a time of 20:39 so not bad at all.

It was a great race and was very well run and organized by Steve Long. I will be back next year.