Today was the big day! No not my wedding day but an equally as BIG day! This morning we ran the Siena Francis Run/Walk. We signed up for the 5K run. In preparation for the big event, we had a carbo cram last night, enjoying spaghetti and garlic bread. I tried to go to bed early but found myself dreaming of the big race. Would I get last? Would I suddenly be able to run a 6 minute mile and get first? Or would I be the girl who ended up in the first aid tent? I also kept thinking about what to wear for the big event. In retrospect we wished we had bought cute running shorts but that can be arranged for the next race.
We left our house bright and early at 7AM. The race was around a lake about 20 minutes away. Of course the road that led to the lake was under construction, so we spent a good 10 minutes wondering where to go. Luckily we found our way and made it on time. We got checked in and received our t-shirts. My running partner was most excited at the prospect of a new t-shirt (since that’s how all this running business started anyway…for new t-shirts). Unfortunately, the t-shirts were disapointing. On front AND back, they listed the sponsors. No cute designs, no big “I completed a 5K around a lake.” Maybe I can get on a t-shirt committee and design something cuter for next year.
We spent the next 15 minutes before the race stretching and taking pictures. First here we are waiting in line for the bathroom– I know that’s exciting right? But look! We have our numbers on! And we pinned them wrong, which the officials were pretty annoyed about at the finish line when we couldn’t get the bottom portion off. I’m number 680– which I was happy about. Those seem like great numbers!
After the 10K runners took off, we made our way over to the start line, with the other runners. While we stood there waiting, we took a flexing picture. Although, neither of us were actually flexing (and well, I don’t have any muscles to flex!) Plus flexing hurts!! But we look tough…
After we were done intimidating the crowd with our bulging muscles, we talked about our running strategy. We decided to hang out toward the back (mostly by default because so many other people were in line first). Our plan was to start off slow, pass people when we could, run at our usual pace and try to speed up toward the end. Since we were near the back of the pack, we couldn’t really hear what the announcer was saying but pretty soon everyone was bobbing up and down so off we went! I really couldn’t help laughing at the start because everyone was seriously bobbing up and down and it was wall to wall people. It just looked silly. Here we are at the start.
As we got underway, lots of people started walking almost immediately. We were able to pass a lot of people. There was one older gentleman wearing all spandex and a fanny pack who insisted on sprinting past us twice, while breathing obnoxiously loud, only to stop and walk three seconds later. Needless to say, we were able to finally run away from him. Once we had passed as many people as we could, we were running at a pretty steady pace. Neither of us had a watch so we didn’t know when to pick up the pace because there were not mile markers. We did however sprint through the finish line, where people had created a tunnel and were chanting our names. Ok the second part of that sentence isn’t true, but that would have been fun! We crossed the line in just under 29 minutes, although our picture of us crossing the line says 29 minutes exactly. Either way, that is a 9 minute and 36 second mile. I am more than happy with that time for my first race since the age of 7! Here we are crossing the line. I’m embarrassed by my face in this picture, but just remember how focused we were!
When the race we finished, we both felt happy and excited. It was really a fun event and it made us both want to enter in more races. We both agreed that we could have gone faster, but since we didn’t know where we were on the course, we were hesitant to use up too much energy. I think our carbo cram really helped give us energy today! I had a lot of knee pain after the race but made sure to ice. The whole time I was icing my knees I kept singing that song from the Ipod Nano commercial, “Bruises,” because one of the lines is “I grabbed some frozen strawberries so I could ice your bruising knees.” Hopefully the frozen strawberries will heal me right up!!!!