|Before the run|
Just got back about an hour ago from the Yelp 5K Fun Run! I had a great time even though my worst fear happened again! Yep...came in dead last. Again. I'm starting to make this a habit! (Read about my first 5K here... ) More on that in a bit. Now onto the recap with loads of pics!
Chris and I arrived about an hour and 15 minutes early. I had been guzzling water all morning (trying to get my ounces in each day), so naturally even after going to the bathroom right before I left, I had to go again. I found a dreaded porta-potty. Ugh, no choice but when ya gotta go, you gotta go! After my bizness was done, (and wishing I had sanitizer on me..) we just walked around looking at all the cute animals, listening to the band and just wandering around.
It was actually really windy and you could tell the cool front was coming through. I actually had goosebumps!
Anyway, here are some adorable doggies.... I didn't come home with any either, but Chris totally needs to get busy fencing our yard in. I'm ready to adopt another furbaby again!
The race started at 1:45 and we all lined up and headed out. I'd say there was about 50 runners and walkers. I thought for sure that I wouldn't be last with the walkers.
I was really hoping to PR this time around with a sub 42 minute 5K. The race started out well enough and I felt my pace was good and that I was going to be below 14:30mm which was what I was aiming for. But then my shoelace un-tied so I had to pull off to the side and take care of it. Back at the race, all the runners were getting further and further ahead. I was really worried about the path that we were running, also. It wasn't too clearly marked but once I got to each of the turns, the police cars were blocking the traffic, so it was fairly easy to figure out. Turns out I was worried for nothing about that. Most of the cops that I passed, looked like they would rather be just about anywhere but there but 2 of them, actually spoke up and gave me some kudos! It really helped me push forward, just that little bit of motivation
I actually passed about 6 of the walkers but at the cut-off that lead to the turn around point, instead of going up that way, each of the about 6 walkers that were back with me, turned around and forgo'ed that little leg. So, needless to say, they skipped out on about .75 of a mile and still managed to finish ahead of me. Ah well, I finished at least! And then of course, with me actually and physically being last, I had to endure this for the rest of the race:
|At least now I can say that I've actually had an opportunity to run from the po po.|
I kept pressing on and finally rounded our State Capital and got back to 4th street, which was the stretch to the finish line. After I finished passing each cop as they blocked traffic, they got in their car and left. In the back of my mind, I kept freaking out, "omg they are waiting on me, I need to hurry.." Each block that I ran past, I kept looking for Chris. Once I finally got within eyesight of him, my pace definitely picked up a bit. Nearing the final little stretch, one of the other runners ran out and told me that I should be so proud that I ran the whole thing! I was and I said something back but I really wish that I would have understood what I was saying and that I would love to be able to tell her just how much that meant to me that she did that. At this same time that I was trying to focus on finishing with her, all the spectators clapped! It was quite a surreal moment but by that time Chris came up to me and said how proud he was of me. Everything all happened in a blur at the end. After I got my water, Chris and I walked around for a bit and had to find the porta potty again (dang water). I was really wanting to find that lady and tell her thank you. I hope I can connect with her. I just posted this pic that Chris took of us at the finish on the facebook page for the walk. I'm hoping someone will recognize her!
So the race ended up being a whole lot of fun. I will definitely do it again next year and especially since it's for such a good cause, a local animal rescue!
The route wasn't quite a full 5K and I'm a little bummed about that because I really wanted to see if I could hit my sub 42 minute goal. Oh well, there is always next time! And by the way, I've definitely caught the running bug again! Now time to plan my next race and I want to start training for distance/speed next! At this point, I think I want to train for a 10K.
October Exercise Minutes - 424/1600