I love an evening race! Well, especially since I get off half days on Friday. The weather had been pretty crappy all week. It was rain, rain, and then rain. Luckily, it held off for the race on March 7. I even saw a glimpse of the sun right before the race began.
The city is gearing up for our big annual St. Patty's weekend and everyone was decked out in their green. The city had just started greening the fountains in downtown Savannah.
This was the beginning of a super busy weekend for me. I was prepping for mine and Michael's 15th anniversary party the next day, my roof was being replaced, and not to mention the Palmetto Bluff half marathon on Sunday. Oy! It must've been all on my mind because I left the house without my race bib so I had to turn around for it. Parking was hard to find and I left my Garmin at home! At least I had my phone so that I could use my Nike running app.
With all the rain, the temperature was cool. I couldn't even show off my new St. Patty's running shirt I got from Fleet Feet since I had to wear my half zip! While gathering at the start line, I saw Father O'Brien ready to see us off for the race! He married Michael and I 15 years ago!
This race is always super crowded and it's always a good time. I ran it with Larry and once we snaked our way through the crowd, we were able to make some pretty good time. This was definitely a 5K PR for me! I finished it in 26:36:59! Now - bring on the beer! Party next day and Palmetto Bluff half coming up!
I've been totally slacking in my blog entries or I've just signed up for one too many races!
Saturday, February 22nd, was such a gorgeous day! It truly felt like spring was in the air. I'm sure it was because I'd been suffering from sinus issues with all the pollen in the air. My car was caked in yellow dust. Despite the sinus issues and my nose running like a faucet, we could not have asked for better weather.
It's been a year or 2 since I've run this race and was probably my first flat 10K. My other 10Ks have been bridge runs (Talmadge and Cooper). Since this is a smaller, intimate race, we all met around the start line. I made sure I was standing real close to the guy dressed as Waldo so that I could text my friends to look for Waldo if they wanted to find me. Love it!
I was tired and frankly not really looking forward to run. I just wanted to sleep in. All of that changes as soon as you cross the starting line. I ran with my friend, Larry. We've been training a lot lately and motivate each other out there on the road. The course is a familiar one. We run it all the time in our training runs, but it's so much better when the runners own the road.
We were kicking ass regarding our splits. I've made it a habit to not look at my watch so it won't freak me out. Larry would call out our pace at every mile and I was so shocked and happy at the speed we were maintaining. I've been seeing major improvements this year!
As we rounded back to the finish and got closer to Forsyth, I started picking up some steam. I like to sprint through the finish. It was awesome to hear the Striders and Fleet Feet crew cheer me on as I finished strong. And...I got a new PR! According to the tracking website, I finished at 53:45:69! Seems like my Garmin was a little off. I was stoked!!
After the race, the bottom of my right foot was bothering me. I had 2 flat blisters that caused me to limp back to my car. They went away the next day though. Thankfully!! That night, I met up with some fellow runners for a friend's (Mary Jo) birthday to reward myself with my favorite, BEER! Now on to the Shamrock Run 5K!
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!