Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Race Recap: Nashville Resolution 5K

This recap of the Nashville Resolution 5K is brought to you by fellow DARTer Wayne Eckert, who lives and runs in Davidson.

"While visiting my daughter, Andrea and her family in Nashville over the holidays I convinced her and my son-in-law, Rob to run the Nashville Resolution 5K on New Years Day.  Thankfully they put the start time at 10am which was good for the hangover as well as allowing the temperature to creep up a little.  When I got up that morning it was 23 degrees with a wind chill of 5 degrees! By start time it was a balmy 28 degrees with a wind chill of about 12.

This is a pretty good sized race.  This year there were about 750 finishers with about 900 registrants, so I guess the weather kept a lot of them home.  The race starts and ends at the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a relatively flat course except for two very big hills.  The first hill is on First Street leading up to the bridge over the Cumberland River.  It is quite steep and tests you in the first mile.  Then the race loops around the Titans Stadium going past the finish lines of both the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon.  It finishes by going over the Pedestrian Bridge that takes you back over the river and to the finish.  This hill is a little longer and quite tough, especially at that time in the race.  I did OK finishing fifth in my age group with a time 23:43.  Rob, who is a good athlete, though out of shape right now due to his very busy schedule as a 3rd year resident at Vanderbilt Hospital, thought he might keep up with me but he faded and finished in 27:01.  I went back and ran in with Andrea who took it easy and finished in 33:03.  They had beans and cornbread, green bananas and water at the finish.  Why do so many races put out such green bananas?  Any way it was a great way to start the New Year and I felt invigorated the rest of the day."

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