Saturday was race number 5. Almost halfway through this crazy journey I started on! The first race of the year was run in a torrential downpour and the other 4 have been virtual races due to weather. Well, this time- for Saturday's race- it was the real deal. They were calling for snow and it did- not a lot- in fact, when I left my house it was snowing pretty hard but then by the time I got to the Knoxville Zoo (where the race was starting) it was just wet. An hour later- at start time (8:15) it was snowing light flakes and it snowed the whole race. This year has been full of "firsts" for me- running in the rain and now running in the snow. A year ago I would have laughed in your face if you had told me that I would have been running in those conditions.
A few details about the race- I finished in 35:39- which was faster than my New Year's Race by 20 seconds (but not a PR). However, due to the recent IT band issues- I was happy with that. My plan is this weekend (which is supposed to be in the 60's and gorgeous) to have a longer run and see how that goes. This course had to be rerouted due to flooding on one of the roads and it had about 3 hills- and oh my they were some crazy hills (so that makes my team even more meaningful). And honestly, I'm still not 100% sure it was a full 5K- my gps on my runtastic app said 2.9 but a friend also ran and hers said 3.6. She said she was a little further back but she was NOT a half mile back so my guess is that it was around the 3.1 and my gps was a little off.
So- what's next? Amped up training for the half. I have to get on this!
This is the only picture from the actual run that I am in- I am on the far right side in the black pants with the bib attached to the pants. This was the first hill and I am proud to say I ran that whole stinkin' hill! I have no picture of myself because as I posted on FB: "Today I was doing a local 5K and I was running
it by myself (which I am fine with). The hard part is crossing the
finish line or seeing those on the sidelines cheering loved ones on
knowing that I don't have anyone there cheering me on, to take a picture
as I cross the finish line, to encourage me as I am running to keep on
going. It struck me today and made me a little sad :( I know God's
plan is bigger and it's just part of my journey..."
Oh, and as a side note- I am amending my March goals- I have already bombed the one soda a week one so my new goal in that is that on top of my 70-80 oz of water I already drink I drink an extra 16 oz. for each soda I drink (which is honestly no more than one a day if that)