New Years Day started at 7:30 AM for me. I got up and through on my winter running gear. I was REALLY excited about running a race in my new shoes (don't worry it wasn't my first time running in them).
As soon as I got to the place the race site, I ran over to get my shirt and bib. I even got an extra shirt for entering a special code at the time of registration.
Shirt I got for entering a code at the time of registration.
After running back to my car to drop my shirts off, I met up with Jen, Katie, Brandi, and her Mom, Karen.
Katie, Brandi, and Karen were doing the 10K while Jen and I were doing the 5K. We all hung out around chatting before it was time for the 5Kers to start.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this race. I knew I wasn't going to try to PR on this course. I was aiming at finishing and having a good time.
The course was fine. Some hills, but nothing I couldn't handle. I have definitely had worse. I was happy to see the turn around and shortly after the final turn to the finish line. (I was so very happy I chose to do the 5K)
I knew I was making good time and my pace was a lot faster than I was expecting it to be. But I knew I wasn't going to PR and again I was cool with it because I wasn't trying to do that.
I crossed the finish line with an official time of 26:14.
Not a bad time to start the new year with. I can only hope to do better than that in my upcoming 5Ks.
Once Jen finished we hung around the finish line to wait on Katie, Brandi, and Karen to finish the 10K.
While we were waiting, my Mom calls me up to tell me I had placed 2nd in my age group. I didn't believe her seeing how I never place in a track club event because of the competitive team that usually runs. Jen said I had a funny look on my face when I was finding out the news.
Here's a picture of my little medal. :)
Once Katie, Brandi, and Karen finished we congratulated each other on a job well done and then took a group photo.
Since Jill had to work at the time of the race, we planned to meet up afterwards for some brunch. After we took some photos we all headed to J Christopher's for some food.