Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lunar Rendezvous 5K

Today, I got my first official race t-shirt. 

I woke up at 5:10 to get ready for the race.  The morning went pretty well, but when I had to go wake up my little one, she looked so sound and peaceful; I hated to wake her.   Kelly came to join me for breakfast.  We had flax wholewheat waffles with almond butter.  And might I say that in the quest for a good wholesome frozen waffle, the choices are few and far between. 

The race was at NASA Space Center, and we got there about thirty minutes before the start time.  There were so many people, many of them already running and prancing (literally) around the parking lot.  I just had no idea what to expect, but the crowd wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be, but that may have just been my company.  =)

Leslie and her son were already there and we met up in the parking lot and we took a "before" picture before heading over to get our chips. 
The Before Picture
My husband tied mine onto my shoe for me, and then some of us had to use the "facilities" before the race began.  As we walked to the start line, the crowd was starting to move.  If there was an official "gun", we didn't hear it; but we were all pretty much together toward the end of the crowd.  As soon as we crossed the line, we started our jaunt.  Leslie's son was so excited, and he took off pretty quickly.  Leslie wanted him to stay in sight, so he was serpenting through the crowd.  It was so cute and funny!  It didn't take long before they were pretty far ahead of us.  Kelly, I know, could have been faster, but we stayed together.  I have to say I was quite surprised at how many people we were passing and how many people were walking.  I have always imagined myself being last, so it felt good to pass people. 

We started off with a pretty good pace and slowed down after the first mile mark.  When they handed us water, I tried to take a couple of sips and then poured the rest over my shoulders.  I felt really bad about throwing the cup on the ground.  A little after that mark was a turn and I looked back to see that there was a lot of people behind us and even way behind us.  The second water station was a little after the two mile mark and the lady there was hysterical.  She was yelling, "come on ladies!  It's fresh water!  It will make you faster!"

There was this woman in front of us for most of the race.  She passed us up pretty early on.  She would go back and forth between walking and running and she was wearing those shoes with the toes.  We'd get closer to her and then she'd speed up.  It went on like this for most of the run.  Toward the end, we passed her, then she'd pass us, etc.  It's funny that she probably didn't even know we existed, but we both wanted to pass her up.  Kelly had said that when we rounded the corner, we would push the last quarter of a mile.  I talked her down to the last tenth.  When we passed her in the last stretch, she never caught up to us again.  Who knew I had a competitive side?

We rounded the corner and I saw my husband and little angel on the sidelines.  She ran up to me on the track and high-fived me and then ran the last bit of the race with me to the finish line. 

It felt great!  After starting to feel a little tired on the run, there was no trace of fatigue now.  We met up with Leslie and her son and took our "after" photo.  We had some of the fruit they had available to us and waited for them to post the times.  I think we had just made the cut off for the first round because they called out that if your time was longer than whatever, it would be coming out in the next printout.  We were somewhere around 45:28 and 45:29 with Kelly in the lead.   I'm waiting for official results to be posted because I don't remember the exact numbers.  =(  But I do know that according to my Garmin, we averaged a 4.3 pace with our fastest pace being 5.6 mph.  To me, that was awesome and better that I expected for myself. 

The After Picture and We're Still Smiling

Another great thing:  As soon as we got there, my little one was very excited and said she wanted to race, too.  So later this evening, we went for a run together.  She picked out a shirt that matched mine, and we took off on the trail.  She made it to almost 2/10 of a mile before she stopped to walk.  Then she alternated between walking and running until we got to the park.  I'm going to look for a 1K for her to do. 

We all had a great time and want to run another one soon.  We picked up a runner, my sweet little one.  I wonder if we can get my oldest to join us too! 

Well, there are 5K's all the time.  It's just a matter of time.

1 comment:

  1. What a great race! So excited for you and the pictures of you and the little one toward the finish line are just adorable! I am sitting here smiling about little one wanting to run with you... see you are an inspiration for all... young and old (and yes, I'm talking about me) :-)