I love the local races. They are always manned by some amazing volunteers. They are usually on the smaller side, so there isn't a lot of congestion at the start. And most of all, they are just plain FUN!
Hubby and I trekked out to pick up our amazing race kits on Friday night. I cannot stress enough, they were spectacular! Then we got home, got our things together for our race and headed to bed!
Since the event didn't begin until 10:30 and our own race wasn't until 11:15, we didn't have to race out of the house too early. We arrived at the site around 10 and met up with framerly (Friends that I consider family. I think I am going to trademark that!). It was COLD. REALLY COLD. But at 10:30, the 1k family run started, and it was nice to see some of the kids that the event was helping, along with their parents and families.
By the time 11:15 came, I thought my hands would fall off. But I immediately got into a comfortable pace and set off. The race was through a local community park, and there was some nice scenery to see while we went.
Usually the first 1k in any race for me is tough. But this time, it almost seemed impossible. I was so tired from being sick this week that I really wasn't sure if I could do it. I really had to treat this as "just another run" and not a race.
By the time I had hit 3k, I was comfortable and just wanting to finish. It was a hard run, and I know now why The Running Room's Learn to Run program starts so slow (24 minute runs per set of). 5k at 2 & 1's was TOUGH.
The last 500 metres was actually really great. Colin had finished and was with Sydney who gave me a high five as I passed, then ran with me where I ran it in to all my family waiting. Especially my Mom and Dad, who came out for the 1ST TIME EVER. I hope they can make it to more races in the future!
So now the results:
8:48 per kilometer
New PR baby! I was so pleased and SO SHOCKED. It was such a tough run. But I did it.
Not only did I have a good day but one half of our BFF placed FIRST in his age group! Woohoo. And COLIN also placed first in his age group! AWESOME. I was so PROUD of him. And another couple placed second in THEIR age groups! All around, it was an incredibly successful day for all of us.
I know I said that this would probably be my last race before New Year's. But I think I am going to try and run 1 more. Stay tuned to see what I decide!
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