Henry posing with the cute teal ribbon soap that came in our packets...sure, we got a race t-shirt, but how cute is this soap?!?
The Teal Ribbon 5K was done by our local Sexual Assault Resource Center, and the race director happened to be Cary, who was in our running club this last season! This was the first time they've done a race, and it went really well. It was in Downtown Bryan - I've run the Downtown Derby there before, so I knew that the course would be pretty flat, which of course, is my favorite. The only hard part ended up being the first half mile, as we were running directly into the wind, which was blowing a little over 20 mph. Really, wind - again?!? But I could see ahead to the point where we would turn, and I knew that the wind wouldn't be an issue after that, so I just powered through it.
My goal for this race was to run the entire time, and also hopefully finish faster than I did my last 5K, which was 39:01. And? I achieved both goals!!! While I struggled a bit with the panic breathing at first, my legs felt good and I knew that I was going to be able to keep running. Our finish time was 37:18 - average pace was 12:30! But get this: my first mile pace was 12:13. I didn't intend to start out that fast - really, I'd planned on doing that mile in 13 minutes, but I guess the starting excitement, plus powering through the wind made me a little faster. Second mile was 12:46, third mile was 12:32. Not bad, not bad at all!
Yes, my jacket matched the balloons...I was quite pleased with that!
Julia! My USAFit running buddy from the very beginning - love seeing her smiling face! And how cute was her outfit?!? I was so proud. :)
Just having a good time before the race...
Wearing our Brazos Running Company technical shirts!
At the starting line...er, crack. Seriously - we stood behind a crack in the road! I liked the small-town feel of that.
See? I wasn't kidding about the starting crack!
I lined up at the back, where I like to start (no worries about getting in the way of serious runners). Jeff took some pictures, and I laughed later, when I uploaded them and saw the girl in the orange shirt finally give me a look like "who are you and why so many pictures?!?"
Look, I'm really running!!! See the nice, flat course? My kinda race!
Finished - with the race director, Cary, who did a great job with her first race!
Jeff, me, Julia and Will - USAFit BCS, finishers!
I promise, I didn't know until after I'd signed us up for the race, but Red Mango was a sponsor and our favorite manager (who sadly is going to be leaving the state soon), Cam, was there, making smoothies for the racers! Deeelicious!
Wake up, run 3.1 miles, get a smoothie. What more could you want? Except for, maybe, some dance tunes???
Hammer Time - Will and Julia getting their groove on!
Random runner - do you think she got to do the race in a baby jogger?
Julia won the prize for the best teal costume - most deservedly, I have to say!
All in all, this race was everything I'd hoped it would be - a fun morning spent with good friends, enough running to regain my confidence, and a great start to the weekend!