There are many things I look for in a race; fun-factor, entry-fee, proximity to home, and of course, my availability (damn work). So, when a fun race, with a $5 entry fee, happens about 3 miles from my house, AND it's before work, I'm there.
I don't consider the fact that about 5 miles of running is involved, and I haven't run in months... that level of detail is irrelevant.
My first run was a rude awakening. Running is hard, but I can suffer through 2.4M, well, once at least.
I was definitely more at home on the bike, but was feeling the effects of the run. I made up some good time, and with my slow run-bike transition (including having to wait for traffic to clear to cross the road), I ended up with the 5th fastest bike time. As a biker that occasionally dabbles in running, that's all that matters to me.
Anyway, the second run was more of a slog. Many of the people I passed on the bike trotted past me on the second run, and I didn't even have it in me to trip them.
I picked up the pace a bit coming across the finish line, you know, to look good for my fans, and my effort was good enough for 14th overall.
After that, I had time for a quick, post-race cookie (thanks to Violet, AKA, Boo-Boo), then rode home, showered, and was off to work.
Thanks Asbury Grove!