Today was a fourth of July race from one park to another park at the opposite end of town.
This race was important, like the first day of school type of important because…..drumroll….I am now a part of the Often Running Racing Team!! They are a local racing team sponsored by Adidas and based on my improving times I was asked to join! I’m SO excited! As a part of the team I will be expected to run fast, but also contribute to the betterment of the team by creating race reports (that are shared with Adidas), volunteer in the community and help at the Often Running store.
This was also fun because Drew came down to stay the night in order to be up in time to race. Little did he know we would wake him up at 4:30am 😉 After some cereal and coffee we were ready to roll.
I wasn’t sure when the joining the team announcement would be made so I dressed in Adidas gear.
Turns out that I received my race team gear as soon as we got there, so I changed into the race uniform for the women, black Often Running sports bra and black and white split seam shorts. 🙂 I was psyched! We had lots of friends at this race and so I got to tell them all the news and catch up on how their running and summers were going.
Rob and me before the race. Thanks Mark for the pictures!
After a two mile warm up it was time to line up and get to racing. My race plan was to hold back the first two miles and then incrementally speed up by 5 seconds per mile for the last three. Unfortunately that plan didn’t hold together. I was able to hold back the first two miles and resisted the urge to follow the people who sped out from the start. When at mile 2.5 people started to fall off and I was going strong. I felt like my effort was pushing, but my speed actually remained the same. It was hot and not a flat course, but still I was surprised to not be going faster. Guess I still have work to do in this department.
Me coming into the finish.
I finished with 34:34 and 2nd Female Overall!! A new PR!!
Rob also PRed!! 32:48 and 4th in his Age Group!!
Me in my post run race team shirt and with my heafty team backpack.
Michelle and me all sweaty. 🙂 Michelle placed 4th in her Age Group and this was her first ever 5 Mile race!
Drew requested an offical “gun show”, lol. 🙂
Me with my award.
Michelle with her award.
Michelle and me.
Rob with his award.
Award winners. 😉
After the race we went for lunch and then went out with Dan and Michelle on their boat.
Michelle and me.
Me and Rob.
Rob and Drew.
It was a great Fourth of July!! 😀