We got to the race site and I signed up. It was a small race with only about 70 runners. I'm not sure why because it was actually a pretty cool run downtown and wasn't too hilly. Plus there was beer and pizza afterwards. Several runners were dressed up and I had hoped to win the costume contest (I need some new running shoes), but I didn't . A girl dressed up as Beth from that show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" won the contest and was the first female finisher. It was a pretty cool costume, she ran in a wig and 2 big balloons!
After I made the last turn to the finish line, I checked my watch and it was around 28 minutes. I could see the finish line so I thought I would give it all I could to try and finish under 30. As I was almost at the finish line, I checked my watch and it was around 29 minutes and I realized I was going to do it. It was such a great feeling! We stuck around after the race for a little bit as I tried to drink a beer, but it was getting colder. I am glad I stayed long enough to get my award - an awesome pint glass! Actually all runners got one, but it was still cool.
Of course now comes some doubts like, was the course really 3.12 miles? I know it wasn't certified not all courses are anyways. But that could explain why I finished under 30. Hopefully, it was the actual true 5k distance. Each 5k race I have consistently improved my time. But when is that going to end? Now I'm worried that my next race I won't do as well. What if I don't finish under 30 next time? All courses are different. Some may be faster while some may have more hills.
I know it's not realistic to think I will get a PR every time I race and I'm not thinking that. But of course, it would be nice to finish under 30. I have another race next Saturday the Free to Breathe. It's also downtown but not the same course as my last race. Although it does have a portion of that course in it. It's a national race so it's probably going to be the biggest race I have ran in so far. Maybe I will finish under 30, maybe I won't. I'm not going to let that be my goal. My goal is to go out there and do the best I can.
|See how windy it was?|
|You can see the girl dressed up as Beth in the back|
|The first hill|
|Hill on Elm St. getting closer to the end|
|Near the finish I was running as hard as I could!|