Another reason I wanted to run was because it was Father Day, and I wanted to honor my Dad. It's hard to believe it's almost been a year since he passed away unexpectedly, and I given our love for sweets, I thought this would be a nice way to run for him.
The race started at 9am. This race doesn't do a pre-packet pick up, it's all handled the morning of. They recommended being there at least an hour early, so I did as I was told. There weren't a ton of people there, but enough, and I had no problem checking in, and getting my bib and gear - you were given a drawstring bag, that contained sunglasses, a baseball cap, your bib, and a few coupons. After taking a walk around the handful of booths (including picking up a cute tank!) I decided to take my stuff back to my car before getting settled into the start of the race.
|My FroYo loot! Obvi had to wear my new shades!|
|A fun pre race pic!|
I'm glad I had this in my head before the incline because let me tell you - I wanted to stop and walk...but I kept at it and trudged up that hill. The top of the hill/mile 1 was a turn around and also a water stop, so as we were still making our way up, those speedsters were already coming back down! It gave me some additional fire though, and before I knew it we were at the turn around and heading back down ourselves! Any normal training run for me, means run mile 1 and then run/walk everything else. haha However, given my miracle pacers and the beauty of running down a huge hill, I kept going. Any time I felt like I should maybe take a break, I told myself to keep going, so I did!
Soon enough we were approaching mile 2! Holy cow, I couldn't believe it. I was still running. I know this sounds so silly, but it was huge for me and my lungs! I kept it going about 2 tenths into mile 2, when there was another water stop and I decided to take a longer walk break with my water. I continued to keep my eyes on my pacers, and while they didn't slow down, I knew I could get back to them. After my short walk break, I was back at it. I could still see my unknowing pacers and quickened my pace to gain back some ground. At this point I was dead set on running a sub 35 minute 5k, which I knew would be a PR for me. It was so in my grasp, and I just kept going. I did take another walk break or 2, but was able to catch back up to my pacers right before the finish line.
I actually was able to pick it up enough to pass these 2 awesome girls who had no idea how much they had helped me - I actually thanked them as I ran by and across the glorious finish line. Like a flash, I had crossed the finish and was awarded my fancy new medal.
|The unofficial/official PR!|
While enjoying my FroYo in the grass, and for them to post times, they had some fun and games going on on stage. They had a 'no hands' fro yo contest, as well as an Instagram # contest (which I sadly didn't win) and also a gummy bear toss.
|More fro yo without hands!|
|A post race walk with Toby and my new bling.|
Perhaps the BEST part was a few days after the race, they sent out an email regarding free official race photos - check out this winner! haha See those 2 lovely ladies behind me...my pacers! Clearly I am floating on air right before I crossed the finish knowing what I was about to accomplish, it felt great!
As this race grows, I would definitely recommend it if it comes to your part of the country - nothing says fun like a 5k and froyo! =D