Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Freedom Run!

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!


Jan said...

WAY TO GO! I'm SO proud of you!!! You are amazing! I can't wait to hear about the others you race in. And you definitely look GREAT at the beginning of the race (and pretty darn awesome at the end...the look of completion...I love it!).

{cuppakim} said...

well done lady! i'm so proud of you!
your hair looks awesome! :)

you look FANTASTIC out there!!!
great job!

ps i'm doing the color run here on SATURDAY. i'm SCURRRRRED. excited. but SCURRRRRED.