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Habitat Home 5K

Yesterday was my fifth 5K race and my hubby’s second 5K race!  I am so excited that he has started running.  It is something that we can do together and it’s so nice having a running buddy during races!

The race started at 8:30 a.m.  I was able to convince my best friend since high school, Jenn, to come and stay the night at our house so that we didn’t have to worry about getting the girls up and to a babysitter in the morning.

The Habitat Home Run is an annual race that goes right through our neighborhood.  It was nice being on our home turf!  We got up early enough to have a little breakfast (I had a mini bagel with some peanut butter and some water) and left home around 7.  We literally only had to drive 2 minutes to get there.  I tried to get Aaron to just walk there but we decided to drive so we’d have somewhere to stash our stuff during the race.

We got there in time to register and put on our bibs and shoe chips.  We saw a couple of familiar faces waiting for the race so we spent some time beforehand talking with them.  Around 8:15 we made our way to the start line.  There was a 10K at the same time and it started at 8:15.

This was my first race using my new iPhone.  I set it on a Pandora station that I’ve been listening to lately (Pop Fitness) and started my Endomondo app to keep up with my pace.  8:30 came soon and we were off.

Aaron and I decided to keep up with each other during the race.  He was faster than me last time so I was afraid that I was going to hold him back.  However, I’ve been clocking a lot more miles than he has lately and in the end I was the the one who had to slow down for him!

We ran our first mile in 10:29 (according to my app).  I was surprised we were going that fast!  Usually I am around 11:30 so this was a full minute faster for me.  Right before the half way point we stopped to walk for a couple minutes.  There was water provided at the 1.5 mile mark.  We spent the rest of the time running and then walking, running and then walking.

When we got to the last half a mile I told Aaron it was time to pick up our pace.  I had my sights on some people that I really wanted to beat!  I pulled out a little ahead of Aaron and when I looked back I realized that I was getting well ahead of him.  I looked back one final time and he waved me on so I kept going.  I was pushing it and I was getting so tired but I stuck it out and ended up finishing in 36:40.  The course was a little over 3.1 miles so had it been a “true” 5K, I am guessing I would have finished in the 34:30 range.  That is almost 5 minutes quicker than my last 5K!  I was so excited!  Even with the extra distance I still beat my previous PR (which was 38:18).

Here are our results:

This is us at the post race breakfast.  I had a big plate of fruit and a bagel with some cream cheese.  Aaron was excited to see Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the breakfast spread!  We stuck around for awhile to see the winners get their medals (my cousin’s husband actually got third place for his age group–I had seen him before the race but he was waaaayyyy faster than us so we didn’t see him again until he was getting his medal!).

And as usual, I took a few post-race photos:

This was a fun race.  It’s always more fun when you know some people there.  I recognized a few faces from previous races (including one man who I always end up finishing either right before or right after–this time he kicked my tail).  I love that Aaron loves running and racing.  We’re planning our next race in May (it’s a trail run–that will be fun!).

I think I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…had you told me a year ago that we’d be running 5Ks together I’d think you had lost your mind!

**And on another note–I lost 2 pounds in the last 2 weeks and Aaron has lost 7 pounds!  I’m not weighing myself every day now and I was surprised to see that I had lost weight.  I’m not weighing again until after my half marathon because I want to focus on running and not on weight loss (but I’m hoping that weight loss comes along with it!).

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