This weekend got off to a bad start when I started to not feel well at work Friday night. I had to keep blowing my nose and my throat was a little sore. Saturday morning I woke up with a sore throat and a VERY runny nose. Yuck. Lucky for me, all I had was allergy medicine, so a trip to Walgreens was a must in order to get some cold medicine.
It worked out okay though because I had to go pick up my bib at Scheels that morning anyway. It took all of about a minute to get my bib and shirt. Painless. I really wanted to find a long-sleeved shirt or a half-zip sweatshirt for the race on Sunday because I didn’t any cold weather running gear. How unprepared of me. Scheels didn’t really have anything I was looking for (that was in my price range), so we went to Target and I found a half-zip sweatshirt on clearance. Score. We went to Walgreens and then I parked my butt on the couch the rest of the day. I went to sleep at 9:00 and slept like a baby. Thank you night time TheraFlu.
My alarm went off at 6:25am this morning and, surprisingly, I felt great! I ate some applesauce and half a cereal bar, got dressed, and we were out the door by 7:00.
We got to the Fox Cities Stadium and I had to pick up my chip and then we stood around for about an hour. I really wasn’t sure how my knee was going to do because I hadn’t ran on it in a week. I told myself that if it didn’t feel okay, I can always walk. My plan was to start near the back and see how things went.
I’m so glad I bought that headband after work on Friday. My ears would have been so cold without it!
At about 7:45, we all went outside for the National Anthem and then it was time to go to the starting line. The 10k started at 8:00 and the 5k started at 8:10. Everything started right when it was supposed to. After waiting 10min after the 10k started, we were off and running.
We started running through the parking lot of the stadium and I took it slow, judging how my knee was going to feel. It was feeling pretty good going out of the parking lot, so I sped up a little and it still felt okay! Yay! We ran behind the stadium and up a hill over the highway. Going back down the hill wasn’t the best, but once that was done, my knees felt great and I really pushed. I passed people and I was feeling so great! My knees weren’t bothering me and I was really cruising. It felt amazing. After not running for a week, I didn’t know how it was going to go.
We ran through Fox Valley Tech’s parking lot and there was an aid station. I debated on stopping, but I didn’t. The last part was running over the highway again and the uphill this time was hard. I was actually getting a little warm and I was so glad going downhill this time.
After the hill, we ran back into and around the baseball field and then through the finish line.
I couldn’t believe I ran the whole thing! It felt so good. I could not have been happier. I got my finisher medal and then ate some food before the awards.
They posted the times and ranking before the awards and I was 122nd overall. My time was 28:55, average pace 9:19. I PR’d from my first 5k! Yes! That made me so happy too!
The awards were promptly at 9:00 and I also took 2nd woman in the 20-24 age group! What?! Now I was on cloud nine. I was just go happy and excited and super accomplished.
This race was just awesome overall. I was able to run the whole thing after not having ran for a week, being sick the day before, and having a little bit of bad knees. I took 2nd in my age division. And I PR’d!
After this race, I felt so strong as a person and a runner. I hope that this race is just the beginning of a great racing season ahead!
Did you race this weekend?