I have run the Firecracker 5K Lift ‘n’ Run many times over the years! Usually, it is unbearably hot and humid as it starts at 5pm, but this year it wasn’t as bad. This year I ran the race with a bunch of my friends at CrossFit Invasion. They were actually looking for a race to run and I suggested this one, it is a Lift ‘n’ Run afterall! I personally did not lift this year because I would never have been able to lift 75% of my body weight, but I am hoping next year I will be able to!!!
The kids fun run was adorable! The first and second place winners belonged to a couple of my CrossFit friends!!! After the fun run, we all headed to the start. My friend AnnMarie was nervous because she really doesn’t run, so my plan was to stay with her during the race. My body was so sore from the team workout on Saturday at CrossFit, I had my doubts I could even run at all!
The race was hard. My left arm was so sore that it actually was painful to run at times. I stayed with AnnMarie and Michelle for the first two miles, but when AnnMarie said she had to stop and insisted that I go on, I took off! My first two miles I averaged 9:30 a mile and the last was 8:33! During the last mile I passed a few people who yelled, “Go Toni!”. I tried to see who they were but couldn’t, so I just yelled thank you and frantically waved at them while continuing to run! It would turn out that they were friends of AnnMarie, who I have been wanting to meet, and fans of my blog!!!
Thanks to Mark and Nicole, I got a few nice action pics of my finish!
My official results:
My racing buddies, Michelle and AnnMarie, who both did awesome!
CrossFit Invasion Group pic after the race, everyone did amazing and a few even won awards!
Overall, an awesome race!! I love to race with groups, because it makes it so much more fun! This group is so amazing and supportive and I can’t wait for the next race with them!!!
Did you run the Firecracker 5K? How did you do?