A couple months ago, my friend Jess and I had this great idea to get some people from our tae kwon do studio to do the local marathon relay.
The race was just a few weeks before the half marathon that I had signed up for, so I decided it would be a good chance to get in a 10-miler.
Tim and Jaden signed up for the 5K. Don’t mind the look on Tim’s face. It was only his third run since last fall’s marathon. He gives new meaning to ‘recovery.’ Jaded did great! It was his 2nd 5K in three weeks. Once again, he ran the whole thing without any walk breaks. I’m really proud of him. He keeps mentioning wanting to do a 10K this year.
As for my race, we had to leave the starting area early to drop my car off where I was going to finish my leg of the relay. We ended up missing our first runner, but we saw her at the transition area. She took a quick breather and ran with our second runner up to where I was going to take over. We realized when we got to the next transition, that the map wasn’t horribly accurate. Instead of each of our first runners doing about 4 miles, the first two legs totaled a little over 10 miles.
I knew that my section was going to be a little bit short of the 10 miles I was aiming for. No matter, I was just happy to be running. Eventually, it was my turn. I started off and suddenly Everything. Was. AWESOME! (my apologies to Lego)
The sun was shining. I could feel the trail under my feet. I had an awesome play list (thanks to Tim). The birds were singing. I just felt so wonderful. I looked down at my watch and saw an 8:17 pace! That is well faster than the 10:00-11:00 minute pace I am ‘allowed’ by my doctor.
I kept trying to slow myself down, and eventually I did, but my overall pace was 9:57. My total distance ended up being 9.25 miles. I ran just shy of 9 miles for the relay and then I handed off to the next runner. Then I did a mini out-and-back on the road to increase my mileage a little bit. (9:13, 9:48, 9:59, 10:13, 10:18, 10:03, 10:05, 10:02, 9:55, 9:47 [for .25 mile])
After I handed off, I had to jump in the car and drive to the next exchange zone to pick up the runner I just handed off to. I got there before he did and Jess and I took advantage of the opportunity for a selfie.
Jess was the last runner and once we saw her coming we went out to meet her and ran in together.
We had the best time ever! And, as an added bonus, we ended up in third place!
After the race, I did a quick baby wipes ‘shower’ and changed my clothes. I grabbed some lunch from the salad bar at the grocery store and then headed to my tae kwon do promotion.
We had some family fun times with my cousin, Kevin and his daughter Makenna. She promoted to high blue, Kevin to green, and I finally got my yellow belt!
Don’t I look hard-core!
It was an amazing day. Unfortunately, my family didn’t get to see much of it. After the 5K, Tim took the boys back home. Originally, they had planned on coming up to watch my promotion, but grandpa came back from Texas and the boys were much more interested in that!
How was your weekend?