Wow. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a race report! Seriously. It’s been almost three years! I quit running a few years ago because of some injuries. Unfortunately, those injuries led to weight gain and a wicked bout with depression. I’m better now but it’s taken me awhile to have the desire to run again.
Back in January I started back with a Couch to 5K program. Man. Those first few weeks were brutal! I couldn’t imagine ever being able to one mile much less 3.1 miles! My fastest treadmill 5k was 32:42 a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, running outside in eastern NC is a totally different beast altogether. It’s hot. It’s humid. There are bugs. It’s just downright miserable.
The Autism Walk/Run is an annual race in our city. It actually was suppose to be in April but had to be rescheduled due to the weather. It’s a popular race for runners and for walkers and there are a lot of kids with autism who participate in the race.
My friend, Brittany, just had a baby two months ago and this was her first race back. She told me a couple months ago that she was going to sign up for it so I decided to sign up too!
I knew when I signed up for this race that it was going to be a hard one. The course has a hill at half a mile in and I swear you run uphill for almost a mile after that. It just stinks. But I was determined to do it no matter how hard it was going to be.
The race started at 9 (thank goodness–I hate races any earlier than that!) and it was a good sized crowd. We didn’t get started until about ten minutes after. I ran the first half a mile at about a 12 minute pace then I walked off and on the rest of the race. At one point, I was even passed by someone walking and pushing an adult in a jogging stroller. It was rough, y’all.
But I finished it and that was my goal. It wasn’t my slowest 5k ever but it was far from being my fastest! I’m looking forward to doing more races this year and improving on my time.
I was super excited that we got a free bottle of Simply Natural Creamery chocolate milk afterwards. I also grabbed a couple of orange slices and half a banana. We walked over and looked at the vendor tables for a few minutes and then I headed home. I should’ve stayed for the awards because Brittany placed second in our age group! Not too shabby for being two months postpartum!
I’m so glad I did this race even though I was not excited about it when I woke up at 7:00 this morning! It’s motivated me to sign up for more this year and to finally get back to running consistently.
Looking forward to another hot 5K in July!