March’s race was an inaugural half marathon and 5K organized by our local hospital foundation. The weather was great, the location was great, the course was great–it was all around a great race!
This race started and ended at our local community center which is just a few minutes from my house. I drive there several times a week. On Tuesday evenings I meet with a few friends and we take a two and a half mile run down the street and back. You can imagine our excitement to learn that the race started at the community center and followed the same path we’ve been taking once a week for the last few months.
Anyone that’s done some running (and I’m sure this is true for a lot of other sports as well) knows that a lot of the battle is mental. Knowing or thinking you can do it will get you there. Doubting yourself will not get you across the finish line. I knew the course, and knew most of it very well, so my confidence level was through the roof.
This was also the same location and almost the exact same course as my very first 5K. I had gotten the flu and was sick the day before that race, so I was excited to run this route again, hopefully illness free. The last hill on this course is a nasty one, and I could not run all the way up it without walking last time. I was now conquering that hill instead of letting it conquer me. So, for many reasons, I was pumped for this race.
There were more than 1200 people signed up for this race. The half marathon started at 8:00 with the 5K starting at 8:30. I was concerned about parking and traffic, so I had my husband drop me off at the race at 7:30. There were lots of people there and lots of excitement in the air, but everything went smoothly. This was one of the most organized races I’ve participated in.
I ran the race and everything went as expected. I finished this race 50 seconds under my last race and 50 seconds away from my PR. Yip, right in the middle! My time on this last race is now second to my PR.
Afterwards we browsed the vendor booths. Many of the local restaurants had booths and were giving out food items. There was an old-fashioned photo booth where we got our picture taken, I got a free t-shirt, and all kinds of coupons.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was perfect running weather, I completed the race in superb time, conquered the hill, and was able to share it all with friends.