This race started at 10 and I met up with my women's group at 9:30. It was a whopping 35 degrees. That part doesn't really bother me, but the wind blew big time! (Heh heh.) And it was my understanding that we'd be running right into it.
Side note: You'd think I'd understand cardinal directions and where the wind is coming from and all since I'm supposed to be an educated person. However, I am a landmark person.
Despite the wind blowing, it really was a fun race. If you're not familiar with Girls on the Run, they're an organization that encourages girls to be active. When I say girls, I'm talking little girls in grade school, girls. There are older girls as well and they're usually pacesetters.
So this run was a lot of fun! There were moms running with daughters, dads running with daughters (which was super heart melting!) and my favorite pair of the day was a granddad with his granddaughters. I ran the entire race with them and would pass every once in a while when they wanted to walk. It was very cool to see and inspired me to remain active until I have grandkids to do the same.
What I wore: I wore my compression pants and compression socks. I wore a long sleeve tech and a short sleeve tech and my new winter running jacket that I got for $30 at Marshall's. HOLLAH! I wore my bandana and gloves as well. I need to buy a hat. It's time. My ears hurt. I'll still wear my bandana, but I need to cover up my ears. I wore my Brooks running shoes and chapstick. I also wore two bras because I was taking no chances. P.S. Someone remind me to tell you about the time I had issues with one bra.
Mile 1 - As usual, it was congested slightly at the beginning, but I was very impressed with the girls and how they knew about race etiquette. There were lots of spectators which was lots of fun. There was a big hill we went down in the first mile and in the back of my mind, I thought, I seriously hope I don't see that hill again.
Mile 2 - Mile 2 is where the water station was and when I checked my pace. I hadn't hit a new Mile PR, but I was maintaining a pace under 11 minutes. So I kept pushing that. There were lots of high fives during this time. Then we turned around and started heading back to the end.
Mile 3 - I turned a corner and I saw this huge group of people and I was thinking, "Dang, are that many people in front of me? Pick up the pace, old woman!" But then I realized what was going on...I was headed back to the stadium which meant that I had to go up this beast of a hill. There was a lady that I had been trying to catch all race and any time I got close, she'd get her hitch in her giddy up back. But on that hill, I caught her and passed her! It was awesome. IT would have been more awesome had I not been passed by all the little girls zipping up the hill like it was nothing! We came back up the hill and turned and were headed into the actual football stadium of one of the local universities here.
Mile 3.1 - I saw Mile Marker 3 on the track and realized that hitch in her giddy up girl had passed me again. So I decided that I was going to beat her in the end. I sprinted as hard as I could, but she wound up winning. I could hear her husband in the stands yell, "Someone's about to pass ya!" I think she knew it was me. But it was still a lot of fun either way.
Also, it was a pretty cool finish because this is where the majority of the parents were. It was so cool to hear them all cheering and rooting their girls on! I definitely teared up because some of the girls were running alongside me.
|Post-Race Photo in Old Navy. I have no shame.|
- I have a new 5K PR: 34:05!!
- My average pace was 10:58. I was super proud that I maintained that pace.
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE that this race encourages girls of all ages to be active.
- This race is also about community and you could really sense that by all that participated.
- There were lots of high fives and cheering in general. This makes for a good energy!
- I also had a really good music day. I know that's not anything the race did, but there is just something about good tunes that will help your run along and I had one of those days.
- The finale chute was great too. There were bananas, apples, donut holes, water, and gatorade. They also gave away water bottles and medals.
- This race was extremely organized and all the volunteers were extremely happy and helpful!
- I went to pick up my race packet and went on the wild goose chase of my life to find the check-in. It was at a hospital and no one really knew that registration was taking place there. So just a tip, if you're a business and you're big, make sure that everyone is on the same page. Also, make sure that your employees are nice whether they know something or nothing at all about the race.
- We got a normal t-shirt. I usually prefer a tech shirt, but this time I didn't care. My beef is that I wished it was a long sleeved one. I know, Captain Picky Pants right here.