I had so much fun at the race this weekend! I am so glad I decided to run it!
It’s a ritual for me to have pasta the night before any race. So, I had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner Friday night. Then, I was in bed by 10:00, and went right to sleep.
I woke up at 4:30 on Saturday morning. I had my alarm set for 6:30, but I couldn’t go back to sleep. I just laid there wide awake so I finally got up at 6:00. Around 6:30 I had a banana and an Herbalife lift off. I’m always wide awake on race days, but that lift off gave me an extra boost of energy!
I had checked the weather every day last week to see what the temperature would be on race day. Every day is said 64 degrees. For some of the week it was showing a small chance of rain, but by Friday, there was no chance of rain at all! I made sure to pack warm and cool clothes, just in case. Saturday morning when I got up, I checked my weather app again. It showed 62 degrees and partly cloudy at the race start time. So, I threw on my shorts, t-shirt, and tall socks.
Good thing I thought to grab a jacket! When we got there at 8:15, it was misting and the wind was blowing, and it was only 52 degrees. It was so cold!! I picked up my packet, which consisted of my bib and a t-shirt.
Then we sat in the car until about 8:45. I went over to the start line, and at 8:50, they had instructors from Jazzercise warm us up.
I was so cold, and did not feel like doing aerobics, but I did, so I wouldn’t be miserable during the race.
At 9:00, the gun went off.
I love this course because it is so flat and the scenery is beautiful. You run through the campus of the University of Oklahoma. I started out fast, and felt great. It was misting, but not bad, and once I started running, I wasn’t that cold. I even debated taking off my jacket. But, after mile 1, we turned a corner and we were running directly into the chilly wind. It was blowing hard, and it also started misting really heavily. I tried to run faster on this mile to get out of the wind, but that just made it harder for me to breathe. I slowed down and made it through mile 2. I was almost there and was ready to finish! Sometime during the last mile, I got a sharp pain in my leg. I stopped to walk for a second and it quit. I started running again and was able to finish without any more pain. As I came around the corner and the finish line came into view, I got so excited! I was looking for Jeremy because he’s always waiting for me at the end. That is the best feeling in the world to see him there waiting on me and looking so proud! I ran across that line beaming!
I am so happy that I was able to it! It may not seem like that big of a deal, but when you’ve been off for 6-7 months and the doctor tells you that it could be a “sport ending” injury, it is a HUGE deal!
Going in to this race, I was trying not to worry about my time. That is really hard for me since I am so competitive. But, I knew that since I have been off for so long, that I wouldn’t be able to run like I was. So, my only goal was to finish. I finished in 29:54! I am thrilled that I did it in under 30 minutes! And, I placed 6th in my age group. That is a big deal too because my age group is always the biggest and it is really hard to place that high! I didn’t get a medal, but I had a lot of fun and am really happy that I ran it!
There was right under 300 people that ran the race. There wasn’t a whole lot dressed up. I did see several women in tutus, and one in a hula skirt. There was also a girl dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I started next to a girl who was wearing a red onesie.
And then there was this guy!
Now I’m going to start looking for another race. I think I’ll stick with 5ks for a while and work on slowly building my mileage back up.