Friday night, I hung out with George and some ER friends. One of my besties, Aly, gave me the sweetest present to help me get out of my running funk. It is a silver disc with the picture of a runner inside. Seriously love it, and her. She ran cross country in college and is a total badass. (She deploys to Afghanistan in November...don't get me started... I'm going to be a wreck.) More about Aly in a future post.
|I mean, how cute is this?|
It is a race to honor a cross country coach who passed away while out on a run with his team. The course is a down and back with the turnaround point at the coach's grave. They now have a scholarship in his name for high school runners.
I woke up early on Saturday and did my typical routine of coffee, Think Thin bar, and a bottle of water. It was chilly and raining, but I figured that it would pass. As my dad and I were driving the 45 minutes out into the middle of nowhere, the weather did not look promising.
When we arrived, I saw runners doing their warmup runs in the pouring rain. That is some serious dedication! My "warmup" was running to and from the car. My aunt works for the race organizer, so she had our bibs for us.
But... I didn't and started the race. The rain let up, and things were going well. I didn't take my phone, because I was worried about it getting wet, and the genius pictured above didn't wear a watch. Oops. The only way I knew my time was by hearing the people call it out at each mile marker. I was still a little sick, so I really didn't care what my time was. My goal was to just keep going.
At the start of mile 5, it seemed like it was just me and another lady out there. The people in front of us were far ahead, and I couldn't hear anyone behind. We ended up chatting and really pushing each other for the last mile.
By the time I crossed the finish line, my dad wasn't far behind. The weather had cleared up, and the sun started to peek out. I, somehow, got third in my age group. (Don't get too excited, there were less than 10 in my age group). I did get a $15 off gift certificate to the Athletic Annex, which is an awesome store to get your running shoes.
|After. Just happy that I finished and didn't pass out.|
This weekend, I'm planning to do my first 10 mile run, and I'm super excited. I think I'm finally out of my funk!
What were you guys up to this weekend?