So, the story behind the Arthritis Foundation 5k actually starts a few months ago. A lot of my coworkers and friends had signed up to do the USMC Mud Run, which I wasn’t (medically) allowed to do. I wished all my Mud Runners the best, and a few weeks later, the brochure for the Arthritis Foundation 5K popped up at my gym.
I took the brochure, held onto it for a little while, and ironically noticed that the race was on the same day as the Mud Run. I kept running and working out and all that good stuff, thinking that it would be a nice race to do because it’s in town and benefits a great cause. Plus, I wouldn’t feel all left out if I did a race that day.
Fast forward to last Monday (Sept. 13). I went back to the doctor for more bloodwork. I have to have blood drawn every 2-3 months to make sure that my iron supplements are working and that my blood counts are still going up. Fortunately, most of my numbers were closer to the normal range, and my doctor (who smiles when she hears that I run and work out five times a week) said that it would be fine for me to do a couple of 5Ks this Fall.
In celebration of this news, I ran three miles that afternoon and filled out the race entry form.
Saturday morning, I got up bright and early to run. I walked around the house some, stretched, ate a nice little breakfast of peanut butter, raisins, and bananas on a deli flat (this is a common pre-run snack for me), and drove the five or so miles to the race. I had a lot of energy because tons of my friends were doing races that morning (my friend Terence did the Freedom Florence 5K, Laura did a 10K in Augusta, and of course, tons of my coworkers and friends did the Mud Run).
Even though we were all doing different races, it still felt good to be a part of the collective group who ran some race that morning :).
Once I got to the race, I noticed that something was missing. That something was well… people. Only 9 people ran this 5K. That’s extremely small, but I kinda liked it because everyone talked before and after the race and kinda cheered each other on. I’ve gone to bigger races where I didn’t really know anyone there and felt very alone, but ironically, I didn’t feel alone at this super small race.
The course was one that I’ve ran probably a hundred times, because it’s right outside my gym. So of course, I expected a good time, and I got it.
5K Time- 29:29 (9:30 mile pace).
This was the first race where I ran a 5K in under 30 minutes. I was super happy!! Part of the race was through the woods (I usually run on paved surfaces), and the heat and humidity were insane even at 8:30. I even ran that pace while taking a few walk breaks.
After the race ended, I went home, showered and got cleaned up (One plus about not being able to do the Mud Run: One post-race shower sufficed!). My parents came by and we went out for a post-race lunch at Cici’s.
We had a nice lunch and my parents told me all about their recent road trip out West. It was nice to spend time with them, and of course, always nice to have parents treat you to lunch.
That afternoon, Clay and I went with his parents to Outback, where I enjoyed some awesome shrimp pasta and we talked a lot about wedding details. I’m pretty glad his mom seems to know what she’s doing with weddings, since I certainly don’t. We pretty much have the guest list set, and she’s doing a couple of showers too.
Here’s to hoping everyone else had a great and restful weekend before another busy work week starts!