After a long weekend running the Ragnar Relay Series on Cape Cod, yesterday morning it was down to Scituate, Massachusetts for the Scituate Firefighters 5K Road Race. Even though I ran 21.7 miles over 36 hours before the 5K race and slept about 3 hours in a van, heading to Scituate was a must to take part in the May Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners.
The race started in the Minot Beach section of Scituate and featured a rather picturesque stretch of running first through a residential neighborhood that led to an amazing stretch along the ocean. Running past the sea wall, runners then made their way into a tough stretch of running on shells and stones that included some gradual hill work before making a loop back toward the finish line. Race time temperatures were rather warm and a little bit of a breeze was really only noticed at the finish line once the race was concluded.
Despite having logged some serious miles the previous two days, I still ran a rather strong race the Scituate Firefighters 5K road race and placed third in my age division with a time of 25:06, or 8:06/miles.