"You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself." -1 Corinthians 9:24-27(Message)
this was printed on the award certificates they handed out at the race
Saturday morning at 6am the little princes and I loaded into my friend Angie's suburban and headed out to the "On Your Mark 5k". I was anxious. I haven't felt that jittery in a while before a race. Not even the big races. I even had a dream the night before that I had to pee right before the race started and when I went to the bathroom they started the race without me. I'm not sure what it was about this race. I knew I wanted to PR, but that is my goal at every race. I like to push myself. Maybe it's that fact that this was the first race of the season. Who knows. My friend Angie seemed pretty cool and collected and this was her first race ever!
By the time I got to the starting line I felt better.
The first mile I felt pretty good and was surprised when I got to the first mile mark and my time was 7:53.(my fastest mile ever) When I got to the second mile mark the guy hollered out that I was in the 4th place position for women overall. WHAT!?! That kicked me into full on competition mode. The fact that I had a chance to place in top 3 overall was crazy to me! I could see the #3 girl about 20yards in front of me. I try as I might, I could not close that gap. The last leg of the race was up hill which increased that gap by about another 20 yards. All I could think was....how much I hate hills and that #3 probably trains on hills....I should do hills...I hate hills....
I did finish strong though, my time was 24:44! I shaved almost a full minute off of my previous 5k PR. I was very happy with my run and placed 1st in my age group and 4th overall. The girl that finished #3 was 22yrs old...that kind of made me feel better. ;)
My friend Angie finished in 27:58! Amazing for her first race! I am so proud of her! Little speedy!
The boys ran the 1mile fun run and both boys beat their last time. Little Prince #2 placed 2nd in his age, and Little Prince #1 shaved a minute off of his time.
We all had a great race day and it was a fantastic way to kick off the race season!
Next race, Rocket Run 10 Miler on March 20th!!
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