It’s been a month since I ran my first 5K. So what better time to post my race day recap right? Better late than never I say.
Anyway I had to get up super early for my race because I had to pick up my race packet day of race. I had to be out-of-town the night before and wasn’t able to pick it up. Here’s Norah and I bright-eyed first thing in the morning.
I wasn’t sure how busy pick up would be and I wanted to get there with time to not feel rushed. My college roommate was coming into town to run with me and her husband was running the half. So we met them early and got great parking. I guess everyone showed up the night before for pick up and slept a little longer. There was lots of time standing around waiting luckily it was at a children’s museum and Norah could play on the outdoor equipment.
They called for the half marathoners to line up around 8:45. We all headed up to the start and waited for out turn. The half marathoners went first. Then about 15 minutes later the 10Kers went and luckily we only had to wait a couple of minutes before they let us 5Kers go. I was so nervous waiting. Luckily Lauren was there to keep talking to me and keep my mind off it. I seriously think I would have been a wreck if she wasn’t there (she’d run a 5K before).
Finally we started into the pretty scenery. The start of the race was near some farm land. We went around a corner and…son of a…. it was a hill. Ugh. First thing? Really? Had to push hard right off the bat to get up that one. Our course turned off to the left and we went into a housing development which is where we ran most of our race. There were lots of ups and downs back there. I felt pretty winded and tired. I really wanted to break but Lauren was my constant motivator. She stayed right with me and told me not to give up and to keep pushing. I still wanted to die though. But I kept going.
The last mile really killed me. I really slowed but we kept moving with the pack. Finally we could hear the cow bells going and knew we were getting close. Lauren pushed me to pass a few groups of people in front of us. Then we turned back onto the road we started and the finish was close. I stepped it up so that I could finish strong. Lauren advised not to push too hard too soon. So I slowed it down and pushed hard down the slope to the finish.
I had been trying to run faster in my runs leading up to the race. I PR’ed one night at 38 minutes. Lauren said let’s go for a sub 35. WHAT? I pushed harder my next run and hit 36 minutes. Ok this might be doable. And you know what? I CRUSHED it! Official time? 32:44. CRUSHED IT!
Mitch and Norah were close to the finish and I think Norah saw me before Mitch did. She came running up the path to me and gave me a huge hug. It felt great to finish faster than I had ever hoped and then to be greeted by Norah like that.
After our race we grabbed some snacks from the food table and waited around for Lauren’s husband to finish the half. He was hoping to set a PR as well and did by finishing in 1:28. Crazy! As soon as he finished Norah couldn’t wait any more. She HAD to do her race.
We made our way over to the kids course. It was just a little obstacle course with weaving around cones, jumping jacks and push ups, a tire pull among other things. She booked it through the course like it was a straight up race. Here are some pictures from her “race.”
She filled this bucket with gourds hoisted it up the tree. She thought this was soon fun she lifted it SEVERAL times.
The grand finish through the bounce house (her favorite). Can I take a moment to say how cute are those little shorts? I grabbed a pair of the C9 shorts from the girls department in and XS and they fit. It was perfect for her race day outfit. Love them!
Norah and I after her race. She got a medal and was so proud. I was too. She was so into it and that makes me so happy. I hope soon I can find her a real “race” for kids.
We were all so tired from a fun tilled morning. Norah took a great nap and I stuffed my face all day. I seriously felt like I needed to eat all the food. That shouldn’t happen after a 5K should it? Cause it definitely did. Oops.
And that is the recap of my first 5K race. I hope to do more after my ankle heels up and my husband is currently doing Couch to 5K to participate with me next time. Can’t wait!