Someone needs to check my ID or something because I ran a 5k at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
That is extremely unlike me. Until apparently two months ago when I ran my first 5k. The one Saturday morning was much more low key and had less than 150 runners. Kristen, my co-worker who ran the other one with me, ran this one with me and realized right before we started that she could just spectate and watch me instead of actually running the races.
We got there around 7:30 a.m. and checked in—it was a 15 minute drive to the next town over, unlike the two and a half hour drive to Newport in July. We got our bibs and t-shirts that were included. Everyone lined up a few minutes before 8:00 a.m., and then we were off.
The middle school, high school, and library in the town are in the same area, so that’s where the race started, and went out onto a main road down toward the fairgrounds of the 4-Town Fair that happens every year. (It’s your typical small town fair with rides, food, animals, crafts, etc.) Little did I know that the road had hills. And I don’t run on hills normally.
After the first mile, I slowed to a walk and then started to get a cramp in my right side. I ate before the race but most likely didn’t drink enough water. I had to walk a little bit more in order to catch my breath and get it to subside. I made myself run to the second mile—after turning around at the end of the road near the fairgrounds and heading back to the school complex—before walking for a few minutes. The cramp wasn’t as bad but still nagging. I ran 90% of the last mile; there was a slight hill just before the end that I walked up because I wanted to run across the finish line.
I ran with my new headphones and armband, both of which worked out great. Especially since I had to put my hair up in a bun after it was falling out of its ponytail while I was walking up the hill before the finish line.
My official time was 35:49 and placed 128th out of 147 runners. My time was 20 seconds slower than my Newport time but I was still really happy. There were some kids running it and definitely ran faster than Kristen and I. I waited for her at the finish line, and she ran it in just about 45 minutes. We got medals at the end, which Kristen says she really only runs the races for.
We hung around for a little while to catch our breaths and cool down because it was gross out. It was muggy and still a little foggy, and during the run, it was misting. Not idea weather but at least it wasn’t humid and I didn’t get a sunburn like I did at Newport.
After changing into our race shirts, we headed to a little breakfast place a road over from the schools. My mom had been there a few times before and said it was good, plus we were hungry after running.
I got a western omelet with ham, cheese, onions, and peppers, plus toast and hashbrowns. Kristen got scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and toast.
The parade for the fair was starting at 10:00 a.m. and we made it out of the parking lot just in time, or else we would have definitely gotten stuck in the parade.
When I got home, I showered and then spent my afternoon on the couch. I had to scoop the night before, so I was tired and just wanted a day to relax.
I’m hoping to squeeze in a run or two this week but we’ll see with my schedule. Not sure what’s next for another race. I have a whole list made up for next year, including the 10k in March. (Kristen said she’ll come and watch me run that one.)
Anyone have advice on how to motivate yourself to run in the fall and winter? (I have a treadmill in my basement I can use but I’d like to run outside for as long as I can.)