The “Truckin’ Runners” Facebook group’s “Virtual 5K” is ongoing through Saturday. My results follow, a great run out on the former airfield/runway in my Nashville neighborhood by the river, now part of the big Greenway system the Park District here oversees. You never know what you’re going to see out there — the wide-open field around the 1.3-mile runway loop is utilized for hay by an adjacent farm that raises cattle (yes, even in inner-city Nashville), and given the woods and residential neighborhood bordering the area as far as the eye can see, it’s a great spot to catch a variety of open-field birds I never see at the house.
In any case, yesterday it dried out enough here after three days of steady rain to get the 3.11-mile/5K run in around lunchtime. There was a steady headwind on the South-facing portions of the runway loop (I went about two and a half times around), and (yes!) a corresponding tailwind on the North resulting in, all in all, about the best time for this distance I’ve had in a while at a 8:11 pace.
If you’re participating, how’d you do? If not, there’s still time if you can fit it in before end of day Saturday. Just email email@example.com. Let him know your full name, age on this race week, and whether you plan on competing against runners or walkers. When you’ve done, document your results with a picture of your GPS watch or a smartphone app screenshot (I use the RunKeeper app on Android).
There is no cost to enter and you are not required to make a donation to enter, but the Truckin’ Runners Facebook group encourages your support in any amount to benefit the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund.