Since D & I have embraced a healthy lifestyle in 2010, we started several new traditions. One of them is doing this race every July 3 at 11:25pm. I used to finish it after Midnight. Not any more!
I distinctly remember getting seriously ill in May 2011. I was in the hospital for 5 days. I started recovery and set a goal to do this race, our first Midnight Run! I used an "Interval" walk/run to get through it and was proud of the fact I did it in 47 minutes.
Post 2011 Midnight Run!
I completed 7 more 5Ks that year leading to our first Half Marathon in January 2012 (The Inaugural St Petersburg RocknRoll Half)
So, needless to say, this is a significant race in our run history and a healthy way to kick off "Independence Day!"
I love the fact that no matter the run race or Triathlon, we are always with friends of the same positive lifestyle!
Me, D, Mark (an Ultrarunner), his wife, Susan (One of the best AG runners in Pinellas County), & Katie (Brad's GF & and friend of ours before we started running!)
Brad, my Tri & Run training bud, is taking the photo as he was not running.
It had rained earlier but cleared for a dry humid evening. We all decided to skip the 10K & do the 5K. Translation: The faster we cross the finish line, the faster we start the post-run celebration!
The starting line was packed!
I was in the middle and it was crowded.
(Lesson 1 = I'm fast enough now to be at the front, bust a move about .5 mile in, then settle into a cruising speed!)
A half mile in, just before the drawbridge, and my shoelaces came untied! I stopped for about 10 secs.
(Lesson 2 = Insure double knotting shoes!)
Hit the drawbridge at a great pace, made the halfway point, felt good and kicked the pace up. I was passing people and loving it! YES, those my age and a lot of "youngsters!"
Came up to the drawbridge, and...
Remember Lesson 2! Yeah, the other lace wasn't doubled as well!
Charged the drawbridge, and focused on the last half mile. Once again, I felt good, and decided to challenge my limits!
I passed everyone with me at my second unlacing then decided to target pass everyone I could! I came into the finish chute full throttle. I looked at the clock, and couldn't complain due to conditions imposed by the runner volume and me. I know what I could've done under better conditions and embraced the moment! I had also completed my 50th 5K since I started running in November, 2010!
We all met in the finishing area of the race site. D was burned out as she had a long day. I took her home (only 1.3 miles away, returned and the rest of us went to Cricketers, an English Pub, right at the race site, had one pint of Boddington's Ale, (Why does that form of carb taste so good after a race?
and shared Portobello Fingers, Spinach/Artichoke Dip, and Chicken Quesadillas with our "krewe" until 3:00am! No guilt! I love the camaraderie of my entire Run/Tri community!
The next morning, I looked up my Garmin time I had transferred online when I got home. The race distance was 3.16 miles I saw my first mile then nothing but negative splits! That last .16 mile was a 7 min mile pace. I'm happy...but can't wait until my next 5K! I know what I can do now.
The bottom line is I ran, I enjoyed the run, I enjoyed being with D & our friends, and we live in Paradise!
Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend, Y'all! Much love...