I did my second 5K last weekend! The race was the Downtown Rocks and Runs, which started out in downtown Mt. Airy on Main St. My family came to cheer me on, my sister, brother, my mom and my sweetie, Ian. My new adopted sister Lindsay was there too! My sister has a habit of adopting other sisters. Am I not enough?! Well, at least she has good taste in adopted sisters.
Me before the race.
Back to the race, it started on Main St then went downhill to the greenway on the Ararat River, which was a really nice start. I had placed myself 1/3 of the way back in the group and then just kept up a jogging pace that matched most people around me and that I could keep up. Then after about 1 - 1.5 miles, some people started walking or walk/jogging. I just kept jogging. I was pushing myself a little, but not so much that I would get out of breath.
There was a water break stand, I walked there long enough to drink a cup of water. At the 2 mile mark, I was doing good, my timer said 19 minutes! Then I saw the HILL ahead. My first 5K was near my apartment in Raleigh, only a ten minute drive, and the "hill" at the end was not very hilly in my opinion. I grew up in Stokes County, you call that a hill?!? Anyway, this time there was a HILL. I had been training on some short but steep hills in Raleigh, but this one was steep and long. You could see the HILL for a while, the race path went around in a sort of U and then up. So, I kept my pace steady. I tried to keep up a jog at first on the HILL, but everyone else was walking and I did not want to wear myself out. I ended up walking most of the HILL with a little bit of jogging here and there. At the top I started jogging again.
Then were were back on Main Street for the home stretch. Main St in Mt. Airy is not exactly level, so I couldn't see the finish line yet, but I knew it was coming. I picked up the pace. I passed some people here, and I was right along with another woman wearing pink shorts and a black top for a while, then I passed her. There was a guy with a stroller! Can't let stroller guy beat me. Passed him, and was at the finish line! I was out of breath, but I knew I had done well. I checked my watch. Ooops, must have hit a button, it had restarted. My sister told me I did it in about 30:50, she had timed it, too.
Passing "opposite girl".
My official race time was 30:51, my sister got it pretty close. I did a 10 min/mile pace! It felt great, and it was fun to have my family there. Now my sister wants to do a 5K in Mt Airy on October 15th! So, I'm adding that one to my calendar, it will probably be hilly, too! She's also excited because this one will have a rubber duck regatta, where you buy rubber ducks for $2 each, then they race down the creek after the 5K. If your duck wins, you get $200!
To the finish line!