My first race!
It was the Hillsdale Rover & Clover 5K
Oh it was so much fun. The crowd, the beautiful day, meeting up with my friend Nicole (a million thanks Nicole for urging me to run this one!) - and all the doggies.
Now there's a couple of funny things of note. First of all, we were running with the dogs. Literally. Although there were a few people super serious about the race, it was all and all a friendly day. People running with their kids and dogs. It was a perfect first race. I wasn't the fastest, I'm pretty sure there were times where kids in flip flops walking three legged dogs were going faster but I wasn't the slowest either. There was definitely somewhere around the 2 mile mark where I started to pass up a lot of people who decided to walk - including many skinny teen girls. It made me feel pretty empowered.
Running time: 40:57 which was actually, surprisingly not too bad. I had a few snafu's (the tweaked ankle and not being able to sleep at all last night.) I'm pretty sure if I had a little extra sleep, and a perfect ankle my time would've been better but I'm still so happy -- and it was hilly! I mean, I guess a town called "HILLSdale" should've been a tip off. They probably didn't name it that based on being particularly flat. But you know me, I love a good challenge and nothing is more challenging than having to reach a finish line running up hill!
Towards the end, I actually started to get choked up - I was accomplishing this! It was the last .10th of a mile or something and U2's Beautiful Day came on my I-POD and it was indeed a beautiful day. I silently prayed to the running Gods to let me hold it together, I mean it was the Rover and Clover for the love of God, not the f'ing NY marathon, 3 miles is nothing to sneeze over but it's nothing to cry about either. Luckily, I held it together and made it through like a pro.
Today's finish line really is just the beginning. I'm hooked.