So I decided on a new goal that will probably become a new post. I’ve decided to run a race in all 50 states. This run was the beginning of this mission. I have until I am 50 to complete this goal but I will have 4 states accomplished by the end of this year. Pretty good start if you ask me. Well I am up in Georgia visiting my sister and her family this weekend so I found a 5-K near their house. The race literally began just a mile from their house. I convinced my 15 year old nephew to run this. 5-K with me. Apparently this was a much larger run last year because this year, we were two of the three that showed up. Not only was it raining, but it was also in the low 40’s. My brother-in-law and mom woke up and went with us in the morning. The race organizers were so happy we showed up. The course was chipped time and you could tell that they spent a lot of money and time setting this up. One of my biggest fears has been being one of the only people in a race, mainly because I am like a turtle when I run. Well I faced my fear because we were the only two that started the race. A third runner showed up a little later and ended up beating me (she was fast). I had a severe cold when I arrived in Georgia. Luckily my brother-in-law is an EMT so he hooked me up with some medicine and by last night I was feeling pretty good and this morning it was completely gone. When I ran the race though, I was pretty sick. The course was through a new development and it was all hills. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we do not have hills in Florida. It was a struggle to say the least. But I finished, through the cold and rain (did I mention that this is the coldest weather I’ve run in too?). I think I tortured my nephew but I’m glad I ran it. It was a good experience and the group that put on the race was so supportive and awesome.
My nephew and I after the run
My race results! One out of one!
Finish time: 37:23
Splits: 12:02 per mile
Packet Pick-up: Pretty easy since we were the first ones there.
The medal: I got my first first place medal! This is actually the only race I’ve placed in. Even though its by default, it still makes me happy!
The Swag: Great swag! Two water bottles, bag, tshirt, pencils, pen, fanny pack and a planner!
The Good: How supportive they were. I’ve never been at a race that they were so happy to have me at. It was probably because I was only one of three but still…
The Bad: How few people were there. Even with the weather, I’m surprised no one came.
The Ugly: The weather! Seriously couldn’t be any worse.
Overall, I’m glad I ran this race and that I can cross a state off my list.