Saturday was my 5k. Not my first, but may as well have been. My one and only 5k previously was a disaster two years ago. I did NOT want to repeat that. So I trained and I trained and I was no longer a couch potato. Saturday was also the hottest day on record in the history of NC weather-record-keeping. Awesome. So I hydrated. And hydrated. And drank some more. I was grateful that Gatorade was on sale last week. Like it was meant to be!)
My hot hubby got up super early on a Saturday to support me. And he got us ChickfilA on the way home for breakfast! Isn't he the best?!
Here's my before picture. Don't I look smokin'? My friend who does my hair straightened it the day before. I think I need to get my hair done before every 5k, don't you?
Here's me not quite halfway through, huffing and puffing along. It was a great route, except for the two evil hills and the hot blazing sun burning down on me. I didn't get lost, I didn't have a mid-run water break, everyone was so nice and friendly, and the cause (to support military vets) was right up my alley (my brother's a Marine).
This is me crossing the finish line. I was second to last for the girls in my age group, but I beat my personal goal which was to finish within one hour. I finished in less than 47 minutes! Yay me!
This is me after the 5k! Not so cute anymore! But the pride and sense of accomplishment, I think, is quite evident. Can you tell how red I am?! That's not sunburn, that's exercise! It's like my face is all that gets the workout. Is it just me?
Just this morning I got signed up for my next 5k in about three weeks. This one will benefit local outreach ministries to help people find Christ, which is the best kind of cause, I think.
I'm stoked too because in November The Color Run is coming to nearby Charlotte! We got signed up before it sold out and I can't wait! Our very dear no-blog friends are coming from Ohio to do it with us and we're all going to make a weekend of it! I can't wait!
I think I'm addicted to running now... I just wish I didn't have to sweat and turn beet-red to do it!