This past weekend was my hometown's 5k! I was so excited because this is the first 5k that I've actually planned to run for the time. I've done plenty of others which I really just wanted to finish, but this one I was in it for the time.
Another really awesome thing about this race was that my mom and I did it together, but it was her first race ever! She did so great too. I'm so glad that we've found something we can do together that is also healthy!
So when we signed up for this race we knew that it was going to have a few hills. We had been running a path that has a long low grade hill on it and figured that would help us conquer this course. Unfortunately, our regular running path was nothing like the course on Saturday. I would say that half of the race was uphill and then the other half downhill. It was brutal!
For our first little bit of running I felt like I was doing well, but it got worse as we started going up the bigger hills. Luckily we slowed down a little and walked twice but still kept a pretty good pace. We ended up finishing the race in 32:40 which is honestly a PR for me. I've never recorded myself doing anything less than 33 minutes. So I'm very happy.
I knew I did well for my own personal time, but I didn't realize how well I had done compared to the other racers. Fact being, there weren't that many young people there either so that probably helped. I actually came away with 3rd in my age group. My mom actually was 2nd in her age group. I am so proud of her. This is a huge accomplishment for her, so I hope it will help her want to continue to run with me.
Speaking of running though, I've signed up for so many more races. I have one coming up Memorial day weekend to benefit Autism, a glow run in June and the Independence Day 8k in Myrtle Beach on July 4th! I also have my eye on the High Bridge Trail Half in September, but the half seems like so much. So we'll see if I actually do that one!