This race is important to me for a lot of reasons. I talk about a lot of those reasons in last year’s race preview and recap. But this race also marks the anniversary of my first-ever race. Back in 2009, I ran this 5K. I had never run a race before. This event marked the first time I ever, really became a runner. Since then, I’ve run this race every year. And I will continue to run this race every year.
This year, I will get to run this race with a few ladies who have spent the first part of the summer training for it. I was fortunate enough to coach a Couch to 5K program. I have absolutely loved doing this. It has been the highlight of my week. I have enjoyed watching these ladies go through the program and improve each and every week. Unfortunately, not all of them will be able to race with us on Saturday. A few of them will be out of town or dealing with prior engagements. But, there are a couple who will lace up their shoes and pound the pavement for 3.1 miles on Saturday.
And I will be there doing it with them. I can’t wait. It is going to be a great culmination of their hard work.
So, there is really only one goal for this race: to make sure that each lady who lines up at the starting line, makes it to the finish line…hopefully with a smile on her face and a sense of how strong she really is.
In other news, Tim is racing the 5K. I think he might be in a position to PR. His current PR is 26:29 from last year’s Green Bay Packer 5K. If everything works out, I’d say he has a decent shot!
After struggling through the last few days of 90+ degree temps and super-high humidity, race morning looks to be perfect!