This is one of my favorite races because we all participate. I run the competitive 5K. Drew and the kiddos run/walk the family 5K. When I finish running I double back until I meet up with them and we all finish together.
The race benefits brain cancer research which is a charity I love. A good friend's husband is a survivor and I used to work with brain injured adults. That is different I know, but I have a special place in my heart for all things related to our crazy and amazing brains!
So, off we went this morning. Is this just a wonderful site? Everyone in my family had a bib. I heart that very much!
I was very unsure about this race. In two attempts at 5K pace during recent runs my legs were just not feeling it. I don't know if it was still from the marathon, our trip to CO, random tiredness, or just bad days. Whatever it was I did not have the confidence I needed to run a great race. In fact, I realized this morning that I have not run a 5K since this race last year.
The first mile was interesting. I got stuck back farther than I preferred. This required some weaving which I hate. It uses too much energy. Then I had the pleasure of being cut off by some young boy...by young I mean maybe 12. I actually had to put my hand on his back so we would not crash. Then he kicked me in my knee with my scar from the fall which still hurts. I was thrilled. Children with no running etiquette should stay in the back...just my opinion. Despite all this my split was 6:55...my fastest race mile ever and I knew I would be in trouble.
The second mile was harder and I knew my pace slowed. I ran a 7:19. At this point, I was beginning to feel like I could not breathe. It was foggy and humid and it was messing with my breathing. I really wanted to walk, but decided to just slow my pace. There was no way on earth I was going to walk in a 5K! My third mile was 7:42 which was not too awful considering a hill (overpass walkway...there are no hills in Houston) at the end of mile three.
I started to pick up the pace at the end of the third mile. I wanted to be finished so I kicked as much as I could and finished in 23:37 (a 7:02/mi pace for the last bit). I had hoped to run faster, but truly did not think it was possible. So really I don't have much to be disappointed about, but I still am.
I finished 6th in my AG, which is at this race is 30-39. If it would have been every five years I would have placed. Those darn 30 year olds were just too speedy today!
After I finished I found my family around 1.2 miles. I had so much fun running and walking with them. Elena ran for about a block and then we tried to keep her in the stroller. Emma was a stinker and wanted to walk today. Jonah ran with me for a little while. But much to my surprise Samuel wanted to run with me and run he did! He probably ran approximately 2 miles. I was so proud of him. He told me he needed to walk just before mile 3. I pointed out how near the finish was and told him to keep running. He did! What a boy...he did great today!