Monday, June 17, 2013
My 7th 5k ~ Hallsville Optimist Club
I had signed up for this 5k about 3-4 weeks ago and I didn't realize that the Stu 22 Crew 5k had been set for the day before.... I will be honest with you.... Running two 5k's in two days was not the smartest idea I have had. I felt great and was ready to do the best I could but I knew I wouldn't be creating another personal record which was ok. I was going to give it what I had!
The race started at 7:30 AM and it was a lot cooler than yesterday and was starting to sprinkle. For the first 2 miles I did great.... I was at 22 minutes and 33 seconds (My app that I keep track of my run on tells me what I am doing at mile 1, 2 and 3). That last mile kicked my butt! I tried to run then speed walk to cool down. I was getting super hot and there was no water station on this trail which I thought I was going to die. I was starting to feel it in my calves and I tried to make sure I didn't push too hard as I need these little bird legs to get me to a lot of places. Finally I crossed the finish line and the official time came in at 36:02. I wasn't disappointed as I knew I wouldn't be setting a personal record but I was proud I didn't give up! As I went over to get a water and sat on the concrete to stretch and cool down there was an Army ROTC recruiter that was doing this in his combat boots, backpack and two 5 or 10 lbs weights in his hands..... as he crossed the finish line I couldn't help but think about his determination and dedication..... I bet he never even once thought about giving up.
We were asked to wait around for awards. I have never waited around for awards as I knew I wasn't the fastest. This 5k brought in 25 runners/walkers which meant that over half of us would be receiving awards. (This is the 2nd year this 5k has gone on and last year they had over 66 people participating and with today being Father's Day, the some what rainy weather and the Heritage Festival going on that probably was the reason for a low attendance) As we went inside the building it was awesome listening to the top runners completing this event in 20-22 minutes and 3 young (under 10 and one of them was 7 years old) completed it in 27 minutes! Holy smokes those kids were awesome!