This was the second year of me doing the Nike Bowman 5k! I love doing this race because it brings out such a good group of runners. The energy in the campus is electric. This is a short, fast race. 5k is 3.1 miles, but this races draws too nike runners. With fastest times ranging from 5-6 mile pace times. In all honesty that is a sprint mile time for me, which is not a comfortable pace for me to be running at. But, I love that the other athletes push and inspire me to my limits. I never go with the intention of coming close to winning, but to have fun. The race supports a great charity The Achon Uganda Children's fund. Which was started by an amazing man named Julius Achon, he's got an incredible story and even more incredible mission to help those children in Uganda. You can checkout his fund and his story here http://achonugandachildren.org .
This year I had to go straight from work to the race, with about 45 mins before start. I knew it was gonna be tight. I don't work that far from the race about a 10 min bike ride. But then I still had to pick up my race packet and make it to the start. I was determined to not have a repeat of last years race in which my group of friends and I were late to the start due to a mix up in start locations. I made it to campus only to find extremely long packet pickup lines. It was organized by last name and my line was close to a mile long with 30 mins till the race. endless to say i was worried, but i knew there would be a bunch of other people in the same boat as me waiting for their packets. They finally opened another line for anybody and I quickly got my packet and met up with my racing partner Karen.
We had about ten minutes till race start and we weren't gonna take any chances this year. We headed to the start and waited for the race to begin with the rest of the runners. The race began and we started out together taking it slow. But, then about .75 of a mile in a realized i lost her. The course ran a little over a mile loop in the Nike Headquarters and then crossed to do a lap in the Nike Hollister Trail which is 1.75 miles which looped back into the Nike campus to the finish. The weather was hot, but as the race went on the evening got a bit cooler. I finished and grabbed some water and managed to meet back up with my partner Karen. We made our way back to the patio near Nike Lake and waited for the raffle and the top prize giveaways. Neither of us came away with a raffle or time win, but we both enjoyed completing another race.
We grabbed some dinner there and then went our separate ways home after the race. I always come away after this race with a new goal and new inspiration to push myself harder. The chance to cut my mile times down and to do better the next year.