Who signed me up for an 8am race the morning after I have to work until 12:30 am?? Oh wait, that was me.
Racing is addictive and this particular race helps support a local charity called the John Theissan’s Children Foundation, so of course I had to sign up. I didn’t just sign me up I also signed up my husband Chris and my 6 year old Abby (for the 1/4 mile fun run). I even recruited my 17 year old Angelica to watch Abby while Chris and I ran the 5K. If I have to get up early, so does the entire family.
Of course this was the coldest morning we have had yet, a crisp 48 degrees was a great way to start out our race morning. Abby was up first at 8 am with her first fun run ever!!! She lined up with all the other kids, over 200 apparently, and didn’t want anyone to run with her so we just stood back and took pictures. About halfway through I could tell she was struggling so I jumped in to help her finish the race. She was crying, she said her throat hurt and she couldn’t breathe, because like every other kid she started out a full speed which for an asthmatic child is not the best strategy. We run/walked the rest of the race and by the time she crossed the finish line she was smiling! A medal and a bag of candy was her reward.
After Abigail’s fun run Chris and I headed to the start for our 5K. I always say we are going to stay together but it never works out that way because I just get caught up in the race and want to go as fast as I can. This course was flat and fast, perfect for a PR. By the time I hit mile two I was passing people like crazy and with a half mile to go I picked it up. When I turned to the finish and saw a 25 I sprinted to the end! I love this picture because you can see how excited I was!
I ended up with a time of 26:02, not a PR, but the fastest I have been in awhile. Chris came in a little over a minute after me at 27:15.
It was a great race!!!!
Have you run any Halloween races this year??