Well I did it! I ran my next farthest distance race. I completed a 5 mile race this past Sunday morning. Our day began super early…I think we got up at 5:30?? I know, crazy. It was warm with strong winds therefore making it more chilly. I got dressed and husband and I headed off. We got to the parking lot with about an hour and half to hang. After tirelessly debating what to wear…I had brought multiple clothing items….I settled on my outfit and we headed over to the start area. It was starting to warm up and the wind was bearable. My nervousness turned quickly into excitement. I was so excited to start. They had some music playing and the post-race food area set up. So I bounced around and talked to husband to pass the time and calm my nerves. Then it was go time. I said bye to hubs and got in the pack. They had an officer sing the national anthem and then we were off. Holy cannoli!! I started my music and running app and got running! By the first mile I was really hot and sweating…totally should have just gone with the shirt sleeve shirt. I was slightly familiar with the course route because we have biked on it before. I just kept running. And running. And running. The only times I stopped running was to gulp down some water at the three water stops. I ran the entire thing. I couldn’t believe it. When I hit the 4 mile marker and heard my app say only 1 mile left…my eyes actually teared up a little bit. I had done it. I had ran the whole 5 miles. Not such a big deal to most people. But seeing as I’ve only been running for about 2 months now, it was a huge goal for me. I even powered through the hill right before the finish line. Bam! Take that stupid hill. I kicked your hilly butt. As soon as I crossed the finish line I saw my husband and he had a big smile on his face. He was so proud of me!! I was proud of me too. I wanted to finish in under 55 minutes, and you know what? I did it. My official time was 53:22. Now I know I’m not breaking any world records here with this time, but I’m so proud of it. I finished 22 out of 37 women in my age bracket and 223 out of 383 total runners. That’s a win in my book!! I didn’t wear my new running shoes for this race because I’m still trying to break them in and adjust to them. I’m excited for next race…I’m hoping to hit up maybe 2 more in April. Here’s my before and after pics! Hah!!
My awesome tech shirt from running the race! Love it! Only wish it said 5 mile on there too…
Waiting to start. It was a little chilly!! And I’m obviously nervous lol.
I did it! 5 miles DONE!! 🙂