After a few trips to the bathroom and lots of chatter, it was time to line up for the race start. We heard the National Anthem and then it was time to go! 5k's have never been my favorite races, and as we were lining up, I was still considering why I wanted to torture myself, especially after having my calf issue. But start I did and right behind one of my Without Limits teammates Kelli, She shot up the the first hill like a rocket and Lynda and I stayed behind not going nearly as fast. Our downtown area is quite hilly and this was my first time to run the hills! After rounding the first hill, we settled into some gentle hills and then another big hill. At this point, I was already very hot and sweaty, but pacing myself at 8:40 for the first mile. The next mile was easier and I completed it slightly faster hoping to really pick up the pace for the final mile. Nope, that was not happening with my calf. it tightened up horribly after mile 2, and despite this being the easiest mile of the race, I talked myself out of pushing it too hard. It was mentally hard to give in to my leg, but I knew I would be really upset if I put my running in jeopardy for a local 5k. So I didn't and I finished in 26.59, my personal worst in the 5k. Time isn't always the most important factor and when you consider the weather that evening, it really wasn't a bad race. And Kelli and I crossed this finish line at the same time!
|Kelli and I near the finish line|
Official time: 26.59
Overall Place: 86/847 finishers
60-64 Age Group: 2/74
The best part of this race is the after party in the convention center. With tons of local vendors and wonderful food spread out over numerous tables, we had fun sampling and eating many things including Coastal Cupcakes and yes, I had two! We also received two coupons for adult beverages as part of our race entry and with the drinks (only one) and a plate of snacks, my dinner was complete! Unfortunately, I did not bring my cell phone so no photos of the goodies!
The presentation of awards is done after all the runners have enjoyed the party and air conditioning inside the convention center. I was surprised to learn I had placed after having not my best race. So many in my group made podium and we were all thrilled to cheer for coach Sami who crushed her age group finishing first!
|Sami makes friends with everyone!|
|Photo from Wilma Dash|
All in all, this was a fun evening and the best news occurred when our team was awarded the largest team award thanks to our leader Shawn who got the group together. Our prize is a $500 gift certificate to spend at the brewery for a party and that will include lots of fun and laughs! Now it is time to plan our next girl's race adventure!
Have you ever run a female only race?