I got there early so I could put in a few extra miles. I only had time for two miles because our team had to meet for pictures, but hey--two miles is better than nothing, right? After all this is taper week.
Did I mention this is taper week?
|This is EXACTLY how I look during taper week.|
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I run 13 miles from my house to a race.|
The best part of the day was running with Katie for her first race. I remember my first race; it was the Mother's Day 5k in Munroe Falls. I remember how nervous I was the night before, and I remember how keyed up I was during the race, so I asked Katie if she would like me to run it with her, and she said yes.
To seal the deal, I gave her a running tattoo. I'm not a tattoo person, but I do believe in war paint, so my tradition is to wear temporary tattoos when I'm racing.
|I got this tat from Bondi. Order yours as well as some headbands (see mine below?). Make sure to use my code (TroubleRun) for a 10% discount.|
Another team member, Jess, joined us, and the three of us chatted while we ran in the sun. Katie was tough, and she managed to save enough in the tank for a kick to the end, which is always exciting. I am so proud of her; it's not easy to train for any race, and it's not always fun, but Katie did it with class. I hope this is just the beginning of her running journey.
|Look at this Badass! She ran a 5k!|
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I'm standing in line for a free chili cheese dog in the morning. I'm on the right, by the way.|
All in all, I can say that this race is such a fun experience for me. The course is nice with just enough incline to make it interesting. The food and entertainment are amazing for a small-town 5k. The opportunity to run with my colleagues is even better. The best part was that Katie allowed me to share the experience of her first race. Katie, you are amazing. I hope you had fun, and I hope this is something we can do again in the future.
Next year I want to find someone else who has never run a race. Who will it be, Peeps? I'm betting on one of my kids.
This Saturday is the big day: The Akron Marathon. I am in taper mode, and it is UGLY. If you want to find me before the race, look in a dark corner where I'll be rocking in the fetal position and crying. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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