Saturday, March 10, 2012

St. Patrick's Day 5K

This morning I ran the St. Patrick's Day 5K here in Salisbury with my husband!  I'll be honest, at 7:30am when I was supposed to get up the bed felt super snuggly and warm and I did NOT want to go out in the cold and run!  But I finally dragged myself up around 8 and got ready to go.

The race was just about 5 minutes from our house so we didn't have a long trip.  I knew hubby would beat me at this race and I just reminded myself not to be concerned about time and to just have fun!  We did a short little warmup jog around the YMCA parking lot before starting and at 9am we were off!

It was a very small race so it wasn't too crowded.  I was definitely in the back of the pack of runners at the beginning.  But I kept reminding myself to run my own race (also I reminded myself that I just ran a half marathon, so I'm a badass) and I definitely did well.  My first mile was 11:41, followed by the second mile at 11:38, and the third mile at 10:25!!  I am pretty shocked at how well I've been doing on negative splits since the half, but I love it!  During the last half mile I picked off about 10 runners that had been in front of me the entire time.  That was a great feeling!  The last tenth of a mile was 00:54.

And...I was third place in my age group!!

I was so happy!  And there were more than 3 people in my age group, so I actually beat 3 or 4 girls!  The race was sponsored by the local fire department so there's a little fire truck on my trophy.  Hubby got third place in his age group too with a time in the 29:00-30:00 range!  He definitely beat 30 minutes and I'm so proud of him!  Doing these races together makes me so happy because I know we're building a healthy life and hopefully we'll always have a healthy family that exercised together!

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