You’d think I would’ve learned by now that getting up super early (Think: earlier than I get up for work, and I’m usually the first person to arrive at my job) to run around in the cold is a crazy idea. Usually I ask myself this before running on Saturday mornings, and I don’t really know why, but I still manage to drag out of bed and lace up my shoes.
And I’ve never once regretted it.
So I got up bright and early to run the Florence Museum 5K that started at 8 AM. 8 AM is super early to run, but I guess you ‘get it out of the way’ and have the rest of the day free to do whatever. Granted I spent my afternoon in bed watching football and coughing until it hurt, but that would’ve been the case whether I ran or not.
Anyway, I got to the Museum super early (I guess I was expecting a crowd?), and I ate some awesome homemade cookies. I was pretty stoked- most 5Ks only have bananas and (maybe) bagels. But something *homemade*… yeah, I think I’ll be doing this 5K from now own 😉
Pretty soon, we (Britton, Laura, Colea, Buddy, Johnathan, and I) went to the start, where we stood in the freezing cold, moving around as much as we could to keep warm, then took off running. The race starts downhill, so it’s kinda weird because you’re going a lot faster than you think, and it’s not a pace that you can keep the entire time. Fortunately, I ran a practice run the weekend before, so I kinda knew what to expect. Okay so we missed a turn in the practice run, but at least we got that over with before race day, right 😉 ?
The race was also partially sponsored by Vidration beverages (it’s sorta like Vitamin Water), so there were big cardboard pictures of Vidration at each mile marker. I mean- these cardboard mile markers were about as tall as I am. Of course I see the big honkin’ water bottle at Mile 1, but there’s no big bottle of water at Mile 2, so I’m running and have no clue how far along I am.
I kept looking for the life-sized bottle of water and never saw it, but when I turned onto the last street, I remembered it from the practice run and knew it was the home stretch and time to run ‘n gun it to the finish.
The cool thing about finishing this race was that they had one of those huge time clocks so you could see it ticking as you ran toward the finish. Those big clocks make it even more *real* that I crossed in …
27:53 (8:59 mi/pace)
Yeppers. That beats my Camp RAE 5K time of 28:26.
After the race ended, I enjoyed some more of those awesome homemade cookies. Gotta love cookie powered runs :). I also bundled up- again and got my kickin’ medal.
I also hung out for a little while with everyone else. We all did *awesome* and got medals and awards.
So my Saturday morning turned out pretty awesome. I spent the afternoon watching the Carolina vs. Troy game and coughing, but I felt accomplished for running 3.1 miles before 8:30.
Maybe I am a morning person after all?