When I left the group, I sorta promised to provide any updates that were
appropriate. There weren't any until today. I participated (I can't say
competed in all honesty) in the Iron Girl 5K this morning. Here is my
This was my first event since last year's Iron Girl. It was in Fountain
Hills, AZ, and is a vast improvement from last year's Scottsdale venue.
However, in the six years since I started doing the Iron Girl, there
definitely has been some shortfalls, especially in the after-race meals.
The first few years I participated, there were efficient lines and real
food: hot dogs, watermelon, bagels, chocolate milk, juices, etc. Last
year, the lines were so long that many of us didn't bother to partake.
This year, each finisher got a box of "food" at the finish line. It had
humus, some sort of baked chips, dried edamame, a nuts and dried fruit mix,
a power bar, and a square of chocolate. The only beverages available were
the bottles of water each finisher got at the finish line.
This was my first year in the 70-74 age group, being fif*** days after my
70th birthday. As with last year, I walked it. My time was 47:40, for a
pace a fraction under 15:23, which was about 23 seconds per mile off my
goal pace. I came in 2nd of three finishers in my age group, 2:17 faster
than 3rd place (536 of 734 overall); I know there were at least two other
starters in the age group, though. Even if I had been able to run it, I
would still have come in 2nd in AG because the first place time of 31:45
was faster than my fastest 5K. The person who set that time has competed
in the Kona Ironman six times, so there's no shame in her being faster than
I could ever be.
I didn't train as much as I should have or wanted to, but I'm content with
what I did. Next year, I'll try to make sure I train better, and maybe,
just maybe, I'll be able to run it.