This race is special to me for a couple reasons as well. People from our church have been long time supporters / volunteers for this race and it has a "family" feel to it for us. In 2008, this was my first 5k as an adult. I trained for all of a couple weeks and finished in just under 32 minutes. I did it again in '09 with even less training and finished in just over 32 minutes. While the running habit took until last year to really stick, these races put the idea of running into my head. Actually, it was a combination of enjoying the races and not liking to be embarrassed. While I had a respectable effort and beat everyone on the couch, I didn't enjoy getting smoked by a 10 year old girl at the end of one of the races, or being beaten by a teen from our church that didn't even realize I was struggling to try and keep up with her at another.
Last year, after a few months of training, I finished this race in 26:01.8 (boy did that 1.8 seconds really tick me off. It seems like I've had this blog for a longer period of time - but the post about last year's race is HERE). That finish really helped me gain more confidence to continue and assured that this whole running thing was not a fad but a lifestyle change.
OK, enough background. Here's today's scoop:
I got the family going early so that we could get to the race and warm up. I think I finally have the eating before a race thing down. No strange or overly spicy food the day before and breakfast is a small bowl of cereal and a half of a banana. My tum feels fine when I do this.
We got there early and took this picture: