Today’s race was fun, but the weather left me chilled to the very core!!
(WHY am I not wearing long sleeves???) Now, starting from the beginning…
Maggie woke me up at 5:20 and I blindly stumbled in the kitchen for a warm and filling breakfast.
I had coffee + banana oatmeal.
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: mixed nuts, granola
I knew when I left my house that today’s race was going to be a challenge. I think it was about 35 degrees — and even by a non-Floridian’s standards, that is really, really cold!
Now, the race was a 5.2K because it was being sponsored by a very good local restaurant called Seasons 52. I guess they thought a 5.2K would be "cute." At least they had a chip timer at the 5K mark, as well as a clock!!!
One thing I love about 5K’s (or 5.2K’s) is that they are so fast. You can really give it your all, and it’s OK. I do try to pace myself, because I don’t want to burn out, but you don’t have to be so cautious as if its was 15K or Half Marathon. I left it all on the road!
Unfortunately, I didn’t PR (personal record) this time around. I set my PR at the Dash of the Elves 5K on December 14, 2008. I ran that 5K in was 23 minutes and 42 seconds, but I finished this 5k in 25 minutes and 26 seconds. I finished the 5.2K in 26:19.
I know I tried my hardest, so I don’t feel bad about not PRing. It was a tough race! The cold weather was definitely a factor — my thighs felt like frozen chicken breasts! Plus, I was racing with Meghann and Melissa, who BOTH smoked me! Way to go, girls! They definitely pushed me as far as I wanted to go!
The post-race event was crazy! There were more than 3,000 runners in attendance — plus family and friends!
I snagged a free fruit cup, which I ended up eating on the drive home:
I’m going to go take a long hot shower, drink a hot tea, and curl back into my warm bed next to my still-snoozing husband!
HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!