Sunday, November 17, 2013
A couple days ago, I signed up to run today's Great Strides 5K in College Station. One site said the race would start at 8 a.m. and another said 9:30 a.m. I sent them an email and never heard back. The way races go on the A&M campus, I assumed that the 9:30 start time was correct. I set my alarm for 7:30 this morning. I woke up about that time and turned off the alarm before it went off. I got up, took a shower and got dressed and was about to leave for College Station. Then, I realized that I had gotten up at 5:30. So, I went back to bed and got up at 7:30. I made the 50-mile drive to College Station and arrived at the race at 9 a.m.. Unfortunately, it was over; started at 8. They gave me my packet and agreed to let me run the course (which I knew) and time myself. At about mile 2.5, I tripped on a curb, fell on the concrete and cut my knee pretty bad. I finished with a bloody knee, with blood running down my leg. My time was 36:58. They documented my time. I have no idea whether or not they had age group competition, but I doubt it.