To say that I was nervous was an understatement!
But I had good reasons to suck it up and get out there anyway.
First, of course because people had pledged! I had a lot of people backing me up for this one.
Second, I had my own cheering section.
And then of course, there's this little face.
The race was amazing. The day was perfect for running - or so everyone said. I thought it was cold, but I'm used to running in my basement, so what do I know! Everyone there was so happy to be there. The energy was great, it was really well organized and there was a huge turnout.
I ended up feeling pretty good through most of the run and came out with a personal best time of 28:26! In my age group, I was 8th of 56, which I will endlessly brag about because I'm pretty impressed with myself. My mom came in just behind me and was first in her age group! She is pretty keen on doing the half marathon or the 10k next year. I will cheer her on from the sidelines, LOL! Next year, I'll do the 5k again for sure and then do the 1k fun run with the kids. I'll train them all through the winter ;)
You know that scene in the Princess Bride when Buttercup and the Man in Black are trying to avoid the ROUS's and the end up in the lightening sand and you think they are goners, but then they pull themselves out and take that huge, gasping breath? My brother and I used to reenact that scene all the time. I bring it up now because I'm pretty sure that's how I sound when I run. It's a good reason to run at home on your treadmill in the basement, not with an audience, which is the only place I will be running until October.