|Start wave for the 4.8 mile field|
Race: Mother's Day Race
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Distance: 4.8 miles
Back in February, I declared that I had given up running. After several attempts to get back into running after having my son back in 2011, I finally threw in the towel and decided running was just not in the cards for me.
What changed? Well, I kept with the walking and eventually built up some mileage. The weather started to get better. And, I discovered that eating the Paleo way helped me lose enough weight that I was encouraged to try running again.
So, in mid-April I signed up for this Mother's Day race. There were three distances: 5K, 5 miles, and half marathon. I had no trouble choosing the 5 mile race. It was a great race: well organized, very small, and a relaxed start time (8am!). There were only 27 people in the field for the 4.8 miles, so there were no issues with getting off the start line. I found it pretty refreshing, actually.
The entire course ran parallel to a reservoir, so we had beautiful views through the entire run. It was a nice rolling course, and it was 20% paved, 80% trails. The two weeks prior to the race, I didn't get much running in due to all the travel, so I went into the race telling myself that if I needed to walk parts of the race, there was nothing wrong with that.
There's something to be said about race-day endorphins. I ran the entire thing (with the exception of the moments I slowed down to take photos). And here's the craziest part: I finished third in my age group. I'm not a fast runner. I just lucked out. I finished third, out of a grand total of six people in my age group, all women. It may never happen again, so I'm just going to enjoy it.
|The course was mostly on trails and I loved it.|
|Once I saw this sign, the race was easy going the rest of the way.|
|A medal for finishing. And a 3rd place medal for my age group.|