Saturday was the Father's Day 5K. It all started Friday evening when I got to bed about 2 hours later than I hoped. I went out of town and I new I would be later getting to bed but I decided I would still be OK. Well, I might have been OK the next morning had it not been for the storm that rolled though about 2:00 in the morning. I heard the wind blowing which is what woke me up. I thought oh great, it is going to storm like crazy any time now and I am going to have to get up and take cover, which I really did not want to do. So I laid in bed and listen to the wind, and eventually the rain, then the electricity went out. Luckily, the electricity came right back on but it messed up my alarm clock. Also, as bad as the wind was it didn't last long and that was all there was to it. I decided I wasn't going to reset my alarm clock. I had the alarm on my phone set so I thought I could wake up with the phone alarm.
I finally went back to sleep. What seemed like only a few minutes later, my phone alarm was going off. I looked to see what time it was. I still had time to sleep. Each time it went off I would look to see what time it was and go back to sleep. The last time I remember looking at the time it was about 5:40 a.m. I wanted to be up by 6:00 so I could get ready, eat breakfast, and be at the race site by 7:00 when the registration and check-in started. Well, I went back to sleep. A little later I woke up because my radio was playing. I thought why and how is my radio playing, the electricity went off last night. I grabbed my phone to see what time it was and it was 6:30 - 6:40. I thought oh no, I have got to get out of bed. Somehow, the power outage did not knock my radio off. The alarm on my radio is set for 6:00 and the radio will come on and play for an hour and then shut off. Boy was I ever glad to hear the radio that morning. Otherwise, I might have missed the 5K.
So, I finally get up and get ready to head out the door. I ran through McDonald's drive through to get some breakfast then off to the race. Everything gets a little less exciting from this point on. Everything went well and the race finally begins on a very hot and humid morning. I started off at what I thought was a good pace. I felt great! Mile 1 seemed like an eternity before I got there. After that I started to slow down. Right after the turn around point is when I started walking :( - boo hoo. Unfortunately, it was walk, run the rest of the race.
Toward the end of the race I was frustrated, hot, exhausted, and just wanted to be done. However, I did not want to walk across the finish line. Just before I got to the finish line a friend came back to find me and finish with me. She told me I was doing great and looked really strong. She said she thought my time was around 35 minutes. I said no, I am almost at 38 minutes right now. She said that's OK, it is hot out here. I agreed. Anyway, she helped me pick up my pace and I sprinted to the end. Right before the finish line she gave me a push and cheered me on. I finished in 38:59, thanks to her help. This was a flat course race but there wasn't any shade anywhere, or even a breeze. Just the hot sun beating down on us.
Did I medal, no. I was almost the last runner to finish.
Did I run it all, no, but that is still my goal.
Did I get the time I wanted, no. But that just leaves room for improvement and to keep that as a goal for the next 5K (35 minutes or less).
Did I have fun and enjoy the morning, yes.
Did I have friends there to encourage me and support me, yes.
Did I get a new PR, yes.
All in all it was a great race and I can't complain or be disappointed about my accomplishment. I will reach my goal one day to be able to run (without walking) a 5K race and to be able to do it in 35 minutes or less. I don't know when I will reach my goal but I will.