Well, hello there! Nice to be back! I had every intention of posting about my weekend race yesterday, but I had one of those days. I was on the go every minute, so exhausted from a full weekend, and something just had to give. So when I finally came in around five yesterday evening, I threw on my sneakers. leashed up Max, and we headed out for a walk around the neighbor. It was a perfect way to relax and treat myself after a hectic Monday. It also gives me a great reason to link up for Treat Yourself Tuesday.
Becky has sponsored this weekly link up as an effort to make sure we all take the time to take care of ourselves in the midst of our daily lives. I love the idea behind this, and I’m definitely trying to participate as much as possible. Having an excuse to treat yourself is A-OK with me!
Now since I have been talking about the Race to Prepare 5K for the last month and a half, I definitely owe you all a recap of it! I’ll go ahead and give you a spoiler by saying that I am very happy with how it turned out.
First off, let me give you a little background on this event. This was the first year for this race, and it was put on as a part of an annual Emergency Expo that happens in Poteau every year. This year the organizers really wanted to begin growing the event, and they added a 5K as a part of that plan. Because John is Mr. Community Involvement, he actually was recruited to be in charge of the race. That’s the reason why I initially started thinking about doing it. I figured I could support him and prove to myself I could actually run a 5K in the process!
There was a 7:00 AM start time for the race, and John and I got up bright and early Saturday morning to take care of last minute details. Let me just say that I think anything in the 5 o’clock hour on a Saturday should be illegal!
It is starting to feel like fall around here, and it was pretty chilly at the start line. I was a little worried about the temperature because I’m not used to running in cold weather, and I was really afraid it was going to make a big difference.
Since it’s a first year race, it was very small and laid back which was nice. We all lined up and took off around 7:05, and I felt like I started strong. The route immediately took us down a hill, and I could tell I was flying. Luckily, it only took me about thirty seconds to realize I was going way too fast, and I had to slow down or I would burn out. I actually noticed that a few people who I know are faster and stronger runners than I am were behind me, and that was my clue to slow way down
We began climbing a really steep hill fairly early in the race, and I got about 3/4’s of the way up before I had to take my first little walking break. I was bummed I had to take a break so early in, but this hill was a monster!
I had walked for about fifteen seconds and I was trying to amp myself up to take off again when I felt a pat on my back. I looked around and a girl John works with (one of the faster and stronger runners!) was coming up behind me. “Come on! You can do it! We’ve got a downhill coming we can recover on.”
That little motivation was all I need, and I so appreciate that she was there right when I needed it. The next few kilometers felt great, and at one point I marveled at the fact that I was actually enjoying running for the first time in my life.
With less than 1K to go, I realized that I had a chance to break thirty minutes so I took my pace up a notch. Unfortunately, about that time, I hit another hill. Although it was nothing like the first one, it was enough that I wasn’t able to sustain that pace through the finish and I crossed the line at 30:30.
Yes, I wish I could have broken that thirty minute mark, but I am so stoked about how this race went. I started my running journey two months ago, and the best I thought I could hope for was finishing a 5K in thirty-five minutes. I felt strong throughout this race, and I’m so pumped that I shattered that arbitrary time limit I set for myself. Maybe I can do this after all!
After the race, John and I went to breakfast at a local diner where I treated myself to some post-run carbs.
Then it was back to the Expo, where John competed in a fireman’s challenge and I helped the Junior Class run a booth as a fundraiser.
By the end of the day, this is how we both felt.
Although it was an exhausting weekend, I really finished it up with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Maybe it’s okay to be just a wee bit proud of myself? Have a great evening!
What did you do this weekend? Seriously, how cute is my fireman?