This was my first race ever, and I had no idea what to expect. Jake and I left around 7:45am so we could be there for registration at 8:30. The morning was absolutely beautiful!
I was happy to see the sun, and was praying that it would get a little warmer when the race started.
When we got to the venue, I felt like such an amateur, and I saw all these people around me dressed in fancy running gear and sporting heart rate monitors and other gadgets.
I went to register, and was completely caught off guard with having to pin on a running number and a shoe chip (to track my time in the race).
We stashed everything in the car, and, since we had a bit of time left before the race, we headed off to a nearby McDonald's so that I could have my decaf coffee and try to calm my nerves a little bit. I was in high spirits, eager to start and excited for what was to come!
We got back and I suited up, tied on my shoe chip, pinned on my running bib, and had a last drink of water. All of the runners were waiting in the front foyer of the health club, and all of a sudden people started moving outside to get in the queue and wait for the race to start.
|Do you see me cueing up my music?|
|I'm pretty sure I smiled like this the whole run!|
When the horn started, I had to wait a little bit for all the people running in front of me. Also, since it was a Valentine's Day run, all the ones who entered as couples had to be attached together with a ribbon, which left enough room for them to run, but they had to work together to keep an even pace.
I was off, and as I ran, I looked for the people who were going just a little bit faster than me, so that I could push myself. I really wanted to win in my age category, since the prize was dinner for two at a fancy Burlington restaurant.
I had told Jake to wait inside, then come out around the 35-40 minute mark, since that was the time I estimated I would get to the finish line.
|I can see the finish line!!|
Jake said he almost missed seeing me go through the finish line, but he heard the air horn and came outside, and then he saw me, and I could barely believe it when he said it was 28-ish minutes when I finished! True enough, I saw the final time sheets, and my chip time was 28:53!!! That is the fastest I've ever run a 5K, and I am so happy!
I didn't receive a prize, but as we sat eating pizza and listening to the awards being given out after, I realized that there are many many talented runners, including a woman in the 60-65 age category who ran it in 26 minutes! That's what I want to be like!
We couldn't have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, everyone was pumped up and excited, and I'm hooked on races!