The day after Valentine's Day there was a run that benefitted a local runner who was raising funds for Team in Training. I signed up quite a while before that when the race came open and was so excited for it- the funny thing is I couldn't partake in the post-race goodies- it was a Hot Chocolate/Chocolate Lover's 5K. This race took place at a local park on a greenway- it was an out and back. My training "plan" that day had me running 7 miles so I went early and ran 2 to start out and then the 5K (3.1) and then planned to finish out with another 2 BUT, once again, we had been in the throes of a Polar Vortex and had about 8 inches of snow on the Thursday before (but it was gone by that night- that's East TN for you) so I got my first 5 and then ended up coming home and doing the final two on the treadmill. I have run this particular route in a previous race so was familiar with it. It's a pretty route- the greenways here are (for the most part) amazing! However, there are some that I won't run on by myself because they go through some secluded areas. This one is one that is busy enough on those nice days I would feel okay with it. It is an out and back which means I knew the hills I would face on my way back but after the 2 mile warm up my legs felt really good. I think it actually came in a little short of 3.1 (at least according to my gps which I seriously question after my half) but I did do well- my official time was: 34:24. That's the best time I have had in a long time (and one that I have yet to surpass or even get close to again LOL). It was another run that I did with several friends and that always makes it lots of fun :)
This was a fun race and I look forward to doing it again!