When we arrived to the park, the weather was perfect! It was about 78 degrees with a slight breeze and cloudy skies. I saw a bunch of tents lined up as we pulled up to the park and I got so excited! When we went to the registration table, we received our numbers and our shirts. Since we arrived early, we had a little time to go back to the truck and take some pictures.
At 7:00 p.m. the kid's race began. All of the people who were participating in the 5K after the kids race lined up and cheered the kids on. It was so much fun to support them! Everyone was having fun and seemed so happy to be there! After the kids race, which lasted about 10 minutes, all of those who were participating in the 5K started to line up. My husband and I were in the middle of the crowd. Whenever the horn blew, everyone started to jog. It was a slow pace for a couple of minutes as everyone found their place on the trail. We passed some people and some people passed us. We ran for well over 1/4 mile until we hit our first incline. That's when we took a walking break. We alternated between running and jogging for the rest of the trail.
There was a time throughout the 2nd mile when I started to feel discouraged. I knew that I was racing against only myself, but it was hard to see some people lapping others. Whenever my husband brought it to my attention that there were people lapping others, I said "that's because they are runners". Thinking about that now, I don't know what I meant. Does that mean that we aren't runners, just because we weren't going as fast as the others? No way! We were running as much as we could. Rather, we were running as much as I could! My sweet husband stuck by my side the entire time. He could have finished the race much sooner than I, but he wanted to cross that finish line with me.
|The sky was beautiful throughout the entire race!|
My husband was very disappointed to find that there was no ice cream left for us. Instead, there were pepperoni balls. We both grabbed one and sat in the grass to stretch. Sitting in the grass felt amazing. There was a raffle in which Nick's number got called. He got a sticker and we put it on his truck before we went home.
Our first 5K race was one that we will always remember. I can't wait until our next! I can definitely see why people get hooked to racing. Next time, I want to beat 51 minutes!