|"Momma Said Knock You Out"|
But there were no tears yesterday! I've been having ART (Active Release Technique) treatments since November, and while I'm still not 100%, I'm feeling good enough to do some running intervals, so I was excited to see how this 5K would pan out.
When my friend Meredith posted on Facebook saying she had a discount code to this race, how could I say no? It was literally 10 minutes from my house, and with an 8:30 start time I didn't even need an alarm clock. All races should be this convenient.
I arrived around 7:45 and found Meredith. We sat in her car to keep warm until just after 8:00, then headed over to the venue - right near the community center, which was open, which meant real bathrooms and no porta-potties. (The little things that make a runner/triathlete happy!) I had already picked up my packet on Saturday, so I took a short warm up walk/run and we lined up.
They said that 500 people had signed up for this event but it didn't seem like that many to me. There was also a 10 miler heading out, so they asked the 10 milers to line up in the front and those of us doing the 5K moved to the back. They gave a 10 second countdown and we were off!
I planned to do 3 minute run/1 minute walk intervals. It was perfect running weather - not hot, but I didn't need gloves or a jacket. It was an out and back course that was mostly flat with the exception of a portion where we had to go up and over a freeway overpass. I wasn't fast by any stretch of the imagination, but I did pass all of the walkers who had started ahead of me. Mental victory! And I was running, which made me so incredibly happy.
My only complaint about the entire event - and it's a very minor complaint - was what I'd like to call the "Finish Line Fake Out." As I turned the final corner and headed about two blocks towards the finish line, I thought this course was going to be very short. I could see the finish line and hadn't even gone close to three miles yet. And as I watched the people ahead of me, I realized that they were running past the finish line arch. What??? Yes, we had to run PAST the finish line and continue for a bit before turning around to head back to the finish in order to make the course a full 5K. I'm glad I still had a little gas in the tank!
Overall it was a fun morning. The race was well organized. The shirts were nice. They even gave out beer at the finish! Although since it was just after 9 am and I hadn't even had breakfast at this point, I decided to pass on the beer. But the best part was that I RAN this race! I was slow, but I was running, and it just felt so normal. So maybe I am on the verge of a comeback after all...
|Happy runners after the race!|