Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday was the 5K at my church. I didn't feel quite ready for it since my running has been a little sporadic. I only ran 2 times last week and struggled to get in 3.1 miles (running). I ran the last time on Wednesday and my time was 41 mins. - not stellar and I usually do slower at a race because I can't quite get a good pace.
North Georgia has been getting so much rain lately. Unfortunately the bulk of it has come on weekends. I don't think we've had a rain free weekend since mid-March. We had rain predictions for Friday night - Sunday night, so we had to get the grass cut! I cut grass Thursday night, DH trimmed on Friday and I finished up Friday night. DD#1 had a rare Friday night off, so she had about 11 friends come over for a bonfire. I finished cutting grass around 7:30 and the teenagers started showing up. About 9:00 it started to rain - drizzle at first and then hard. A few of them hung out in the basement, but most of them went home.
I think it rained most of Friday night and I woke up Saturday morning around 6:30 and it was pouring. DH was already up and had been watching the news and he said there might be a break at race time (8:00 am). We woke up DD#2 & #3 @ 7:00 to get ready. The race was at our church only about 3 miles away, so we got there right at 7:30 to pick up our packets and warm up. It was still drizzling, but at race time the rain stopped (humid though).
It was a pretty flat course, but as usual, I started out too fast. It was also a pretty small race so for a while I felt like I was last! DH, DD#2 & 3 were way ahead of me. I saw them at the turn around and I actually had a pretty good first mile (11 something). DD#3 was a little ahead of me and I caught up with her. She said she didn't feel well and felt like she was going to throw up. She's been fighting with a cold for a couple of weeks and still had a bad cough. I think the "yucky stuff" in her throat was making her sick. She hasn't run in over a week and has only gotten up to about 2 miles running, so she was struggling. I told her to try to get a pace going, but she would run and then walk. She was starting to get on my nerves (this is the "goof"). She said her main goal was to just "beat me"!
I was struggling at about mile 2, but I kept on plugging away with my very, very, slow pace! I walked a little at a hill and knew I was getting close to the finish line. I tried to pick up my pace, but I was feeling really sluggish. I did "sprint" at the end and came in right at 39:00 (my watch). DD#2 said the "official time" was 39:03. There wasn't a clock at the finish line, but there was a guy at the end on a laptop. I handed my "strip" to the lady and then went to "cheer" on DD#3. She was way behind at this point and "running" neck to neck with some old guy. We tried to encourage her to finish strong, but she was "done"!
This was actually my slowest 5K race time, but I was pretty pleased with it. I did want to try to get in under 38 mins. but I was ok with it since I'm really not back at 5K "training". DH had his best race time ever at 35:18. DD#2 was bummed with her time (29:38) - she hasn't been running and she still had a sore and swollen toe. DD#3 was really bummed with her time (44 something). I told her to not be discouraged, she finished even though she wasn't feeling well and this was her first race!
It rained the rest of the weekend really hard. We had a lot of flooding and now some of the lakes are spilling over their banks. We're going camping the Tuesday after Memorial Day and hoping we'll even have a campsite because some of the campsites are flooded.
Today is supposed to finally be sunny, but it's supposed to rain again Wednesday. Right now the weekend looks good! This is the last week of school and my girls are already in "summer mode". We had a really hectic morning. I'm planning to run tonight and keep it up even though I haven't signed up for any 5K's. It's going to really heat up after this week, so we should really enjoy the cloudy 80 degree temperatures!
I got to work this morning and I had an e-mail with race results. I'm not sure how it happened, but the results show me coming in about 8 seconds after DD#3 at 44:31!!! I was really bummed because it had me 5th from last! (only 105 people at race). I did run under the finish line with DD#3, but I had already turned in my slip. The only thing I could think of was the guy at the end saw my bib number and recorded it at that time.
My first reaction was "I got to let someone know, this is terrible and people from church are going to see how slow I am"! It's really no big deal, it's not like I was going to win any awards, but I would have liked my time to be right. Oh well, at least it ended up that DD#3 did make her goal of "beating" her Mom!