First Race Report - Part 1
That's right. I ran my first official 5K. I've done 2 other small Turkey Trot races at work that were 5ishK but those were pretty informal with a guy and a watch at the end reading off times. When I ran my first one in 2010 I finished at just over 30 minutes which I was happy with but if I would of made sure to double knot my laces I would have finished under 30. Lesson learned. Last November I did the 2nd Turkey Trot and with my laces nice and secure I finished at 27:19 and I was extremely happy with that. It was almost perfect running conditions that day at 40 and sunny. I thought then about signing up for the Bay City St. Patrick's Day 5K, but March in Michigan? You never know what you are going to get. I kept an eye on the forecast all week and when I got up on Sunday and went outside with Lilly it was 25 and windy, but sunny. I was thinking nope, but when I went inside the husband talked me into it and even better he was going to run too. Time to quickly get ready and head downtown to register.
We got to registration after finding a really good parking spot with about 20 minutes to spare. Signed up, got our numbers and then headed back to the car to stay warm. The race was scheduled to start at 11:45 so we decided at 11:25 to head to the porta-potties and then go line up. Perfect timing as they didn't even let the runners on the street until 11:30. We started in between the 9:00 and 10:00 minute mile starts since I knew that was about where I'd finish. It was great standing/jumping around chatting with folks. Runners are a friendly group it seems. I didn't really feel nervous, just general excitement. I told the husband to not feel bad if he felt the need to speed up after we started. He told me he'd stay with me to make sure he didn't tire himself out too quickly since he'd never run that far before.
Side note: We do run on a regular basis. He actually runs more than I do, 3-4 times a week, for 2 miles on the track on the Y. I'm more likely to do it 1-2 times a week since I also like to mix in the elliptical.
The crowd starts to really fill in and then we saw The Batman and the crowd and other runners are loving it. The local country radio DJ, Jim Cramer was hosting with his morning partner, he was pumping up the crowd and playing some tunes. It was a really fun atmosphere. He warned us the start would just be a count down with a simple Ready Set Run and he wasn't kidding, they did a 10 second countdown and we were off. Well, for about 3 steps and then we had to walk since the crowd ahead of us had to narrow down to get through the start. Finally we get to the arches and take off. to be continued...