Hey guys! Happy Sunday!
Saturday was an amazing day for me. I woke up feeling much better than I had been feeling, and I knew there was nothing that was going to stand in the way of me racing. I got up at the crack of dawn to get ready for my race because the race was about an hour away from us and we wanted to get there early. I made a great pre-run breakfast to take with me and eat in the car on the way there:
(with a bite taken out of it…oops)
The race was held in a beautiful area and the run would take place right along a river. It was a gorgeous morning with perfect running weather.
My sister was there to support me:
Along with her boyfriend, Steven, and my mamma:
I was a tad bit excited, obviously.
Jessica was the lovely photographer for me:
You know I gotta throw some funny faces in there, too.
Here is everybody heading over to the starting line. I’ve got my pink ipod in and I’m ready to go! Note: I was definitely also sporting my Garmin, which is one the hand you can’t see.
One final stretch before taking off:
I loved every minute of this race and the time seriously just flew right by me. I talked with some runners along the way, jammed my ipod, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I feel so proud of myself for being able to do this. I would have NEVER thought I would be able to run 3.1 miles, let alone actually ENJOY it. Craziness!
I was also a lot more wise on this race. I learned from my mistake on my last race that I need to start off slowly and get into a nice even pace so I don’t wear myself out within the first mile. On my first race, I dashed off full speed like a killer was chasing after me! But this is what it is all about…making mistakes and learning from them.
I was head to head with one guy at the very end. We were talking smack and challenging each other to race. It was a pretty funny way to end the race. :)
Here is a short video of me (and him) crossing the finish line:
We both ended up finishing at the same time: 29:07. Not bad for my first 5k! I was really trying not to focus on my time, and just focus on enjoying the run, but I did secretly have a goal of getting under 30 minutes..and I did it!
After I finished my run, I met back up with the fam and we all hung out, talked to other racers, and listened to the live band that was there! I also pet a few adorable dogs:
Ahhh, SO MUCH FURRY CUTENESS!!
This one decided to dress up for the occasion:
I am so glad to have running in my life. It has been a source of stress relief, it gives me time to myself to think, and a way to feel truly amazing. I have already started looking at upcoming races, so be ready for more race talk in the future!
I want to thank all you for supporting me. I feel so blessed to have this blog and have made so many awesome friends in the process. I don’t know what I would do without you guys!