I’ll admit, I am NOT a hardcore weather runner. We own a treadmill and it goes to really good use November through March. But alas, Ohio blessed us with beyond brisk temps this morning and we were registered for a 5k in Avon.
We started our day a half hour late, always great for race day. Luckily I had pre-packed all of Miles’ gear and food and we jumped into some running duds, grabbed the baby and were off. We did a quick drop off at Nate & Brittany’s (THANKS GUYS!!!) and then headed over to the race. It was super convenient that they live 5 minutes from the race location.
Getting out of the toasty warm car was painful, but we went for it. Did a quick jog to and from the bathroom as our warmup and then ran into running buddies for a quick catch up before the race.
Mike got to see his bromance, ManChild… the significant other of Jess. We also got to see Mollyberries and introduce her to Jess IRL for the first time. Love when social media and real life meet!
I also finally got to meet Raymond! Raymond and Molly used to work together and I’ve been reading his tweets for what seems like forever and we have never actually met! Check that one off the list!
The race was cold, the wind sliced right through everything. The worst part of the race was about .3 miles into it both of my shoes came untied. BOTH! I totally forgot to double knot them and my hands were SO cold it took me a good 45 seconds to get them retied! Such a bummer!
Even with the shoe incident I tried to make up some time on mile one. I secretly was hoping to break 30 minutes today and wanted to run 9:30 miles to ensure I met my goal. I came across mile 1 at 9:03. Mile 2 sort of flew by since the faster runners were coming back by us. I got to cheer on all my runner buddies since I’m the slow one of the group. I have some seriously fast friends! I came across mile 2 with a 9:10 mile. I was feeling decent and knew I just needed to hang tight at my pace or even a little slower to reach my goal. I finished with my last 1.1 miles in 10:01 with a total time of 28.14 — good enough for 12th in my age group and 133rd overall. I know you fast runners probably scoff, but I’m really proud of this. Yes, back in the day I’d run 5k in 21-23 minutes but those days are gone and I just have to be happy with what I’ve got going on now.
All my running buddies did so great today! Mike PRed his 5K with a time of 22:56. I may have mentioned before, but Mike is not a runner by nature but has really gotten into it the past few years. I have a feeling he is just beginning to tap into his running potential.
And special shout out to my best buddy Molly who PRed with a blazing time of 19:47 and was the first female finisher!!! I am so proud of her! She’s currently training for the Boston Marathon and rockin’ it. Read her recap of today here.
Though it was freezing today I am so glad we got out of bed and did the race. Starting your weekend with a 5k really puts things on the right track. Good job to all the runners today, and those of you doing your own thing too!