This past weekend I ran what I'm calling my second (officially my third) 5k, called Run With Heart.
The race was put on by a local church in the community with all proceeds benefiting local ministries supporting and encouraging disadvantaged youth. If you know me at all, this is right up my alley. I was thrilled to run for them! I was especially excited to run this one because the course is being used again by another group in September, Jack and Jill Ran Up The Hill. Sounds cute, right? Even better is that the course is extremely straight and extremely flat. Perfect for this amateur runner! How could I possibly get lost when all I need to do is literally run up one side of a straight, flat street, turn around, and run back? I can't possibly mess up the one turn, can I? (I ask this because my first official 5k was super disastrous and hilarious all at the same time.)
We woke up super early Saturday to get across town in time to survey the lay of the land. Poor sweet hubby who is NOT a morning person supports me in this way. He wakes up, does the driving, and is my personal cheerleader man. (He's my hero!) We got there and had lots of walking to do as we were using a community center and an entire street. This ended up helping me get warmed up before the actual race, which I liked. Less walking, more running!
I was really nervous because I didn't know ANYBODY who was running this race too. (Last time my friend Stacie was there.) Then I got even worse when I realized I was wrong about the course! Uh oh! Turns out we run one way up the street, turn around, PASS the finish line, then run all the way to the other end of the street and turn around AGAIN before hitting the finish line. TWO turns and passing the finish line before I'm finished?! I was in trouble! Hubby managed to talk me off the ledge and I calmed down. My Nike+ running app was messing up which didn't help, but by the time we started, it was working again.
|Trying to get my app working before we started|
Well the race itself ended up being amazing. Silly me thought since the course was so straight and flat I'd be able to run the entire thing. Considering I've yet to be able to do that... well, let's just say I stuck with my interval wogging this time. Which paid off, because I beat my last 5k official time by FOUR minutes! And, I finished under my 45:00 goal I'd set for myself! 42:58! Yay me!
|Crossing the finish line!|
I loved how joyful and encouraging the volunteers were at this race! As I came to the finish line, they would look up my name by my bib number and cheer and encourage us all on BY NAME. "Yay, Susan! You're almost there! Awesome job!" Such a special blessing that was. A great touch on their part too!
At the end of the race, Planet Smoothie (one of the sponsors) had provided sample smoothies to everyone, which was amazing! Afterwards, Hubby and I hit up ChickfilA for breakfast, since I can't eat before I run. So good!
Shin splints have been holding me back this week, but I'm walking since I can't run right now. I figure a 5k is a 5k, am I right?
Now I need to get signed up for the race in September on this same course. I'm hoping Hubby signs up to walk it too, as a precursor to our Color Run in November. I think it'd be pretty awesome to do a 5k together!
In the meantime, I'm extremely grateful the tshirt for this race wasn't just another white shirt. This one was neon green! I don't know that I'd wear it outside the house since it's so bright, but I love what it means to me and what it stands for. God is always good, isn't He?