This was the first year, since I started running, that I signed up for a run in JANUARY!!
I was worried about what the weather would be, but last Saturday, the temps weren't too bad! Actually, we've had a pretty warm string of January days this year. . .so it wasn't terrible at all. . .but it was still chilly. . .I can't lie to ya! :)
It was an especially great run as my daughter signed up for it, too! She isn't in this photo as she's not as kind about letting me take a bunch of run pictures (with her included) as my running buddies are. Anyway, I took the "selfie" of me and my crooked hat and the folks behind us as we waited our turn to "run"!!
I wore a PINK visor, but because my ears were cold, I brought an ear warmer/headband thingy to wear over it. Obviously I did not pay attention to how bad it looked!
The organizers of the run, The Kansas City Running Company, had photographers placed along the route and at the start/finish lines. I can always pretty much count on my race photos looking bad. . .not because of the photographer, but because of the way I look while trying to run whatever distance we are doing.
I recall this spot on the course. It was around the mile marker and we were hauling it up, what I felt, was a "forever hill". If I went back to look at it now I'd probably see it differently as I did that morning. At that point of the run I was really pooped. I'd started out going WAAAAY faster than I'd been doing on practice runs. . .not ever a good thing. Sadly, I pretty much do that every race. Can't help myself. :) Anyway, I was slogging up the hill at that point.
This is when I "spotted" the photographer and I mustered a weak smile. :)
I think it wasn't too far from that point that I decided to take my first walk break. My goal had been to "not walk", but I knew if I didn't walk a bit I'd be crawling over the finish line. It was also at that point that I lost sight of my daughter. She was definitely having a good run!
I recall taking a few steps through the "water line" at mile 1 1/2 and again at mile 2 and 2 1/2. However, I kept checking my Garmin watch and I was really happy that, even with the walk breaks, I was having a good run for "me".
It felt so awesome to make the final turn that led to the finish line. . .and to run down that shoot and hit the timing mat.
I also just HAD to check my watch cuz that's what "we runners" do :)
I tried to take a picture of the time on my watch. . .but between my post run trembling and the glare, it was a bad shot. HOWEVER. . .it did document that my watch time was exactly the same as the official chip time! I was so happy. It had been a long time since I was under 33 minutes to finish a 5K!
My daughter did agree to this great post-run photo! She was waiting for me at the finish line. . .and that was such a great feeling!!
It's just go awesome to have her interested in this sport again. . .we've really enjoyed some great running times together recently.
This is a picture from a post I shared in October 2010 when I ran my very first 5K ever at the KC Marathon. My son ran every step of the way with me that morning. I still tear up thinking about what a special time that was for me! (By the way, he just texted he just ran FIVE MILES with his Friday morning running group!! Wow! And it was in the teens at that time!)
Anyway, I'm a very lucky mama to be able to share the same love for running as do my kiddos!!
THE STONE RABBIT loves my division medal and my shirt, but he REALLY loves the insulted tumbler we received for doing the run! I told him he could borrow it anytime he wanted. . . just to not lose it!!!
I hope you're having a great PINK SATURDAY weekend. . .and that you will stop by Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND! There you will see all of the other bloggers who are ready with their PINKS as well!
HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!