I was surprised last month when I casually mentioned doing a Family Fun Run (1 mile) on a Sunday morning for the Natatorium 5k, and my husband said, "Yep. Let's do it." The kids objected, of course, but they really didn't have a choice. They were just as excited as I was this morning when I pinned on their bibs, although I admit that I bribed the 12 year old with a Dr. Who commemorative medal.
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I'm happy that my family is running with me. The kids are faking it well.|
The kids did a great job! I ran with the seven year old, and we got 'er done in about twelve minutes. When we crossed the finish line, I could hear Turtle calls from The Ohio Runners Network, and it made my day. My son was so excited that people were cheering for him, and I'm not gonna lie, I had tears in my eyes because he was smiling so much. Thanks, Turtles!
Even if you are a long-distance runner, it is always good to test your speed with a 5k now and then. I haven't run the Nat since 2012, so I wanted to see if the changes to my lifestyle (Dropped fifteen pounds and counting! No more broken foot! Speed work at the track!) brought any improvement to my pace. Since I am tapering for the Akron Half Marathon (September 27), I thought a PR would improve my rotten mood. Plus, the swag for this race was awesome!
|The race was only 25 bucks, and I got a track jacket! Plus, the Family Fun Run was only 20 bucks (for all four of us), and we got two tee shirts and two long sleeve shirts! Wow!|
No fuel during race. Come on, it was three miles.
Post Race Fuel: There were lots of snacks: tiny Larabars (so cute!), bananas, apples, chips, pretzels. The kids ate some pretzels, and I took home a bag of Fritos (don't judge) and some mini Larabars. I didn't eat any of it. . .yet.
The best part about this whole race is that as I rounded the corner in the last part of mile three, before I started my kick to the finish, I heard and saw my family cheering for me on the corner! That gave me the motivation to finish strong (even though I was cursing myself for running a 5k, as I always do). Plus, my husband took some pictures of me as I ran by, and that was great because I almost never get pictures of me during a race.
|Here I come! Ready to finish!|
|There I go!|
Honestly, even though I am in cranky taper-mode, this was the best day ever!
Congratulations to Shelby and Brad from The Ohio Runners Network for taking Age Group awards. Brad, aren't you glad I told you to dump your long run and do the Nat?
Preview: Well, Peeps, I can't hold it back any longer. I will soon be blogging for the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k. I will be glad to share more with you later about this fabulous race, but I wanted to give you a preview gift. If you use my code when registering, TroubleRunHat, you will get a free hat with your swag. This goes for any Hot Chocolate race in the country, although I plan to run the Columbus race.
Tune in next week when I write about the Race for Grace 5k and the Towpath Turtle Relay Test Run.
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