So, a little over a week ago, my friend Arlene asked if I knew there was a 5 mile run in Thomasville, Ga. She informed me that she had already signed up......... of course, I searched on-line to check out the event!
The event was being put on by the First Baptist Church in Thomasville, Ga. The first thing that I noticed was the 8:20am start time!!!! Yes, I would get to sleep later, but the down side was that in South Georgia in June, 8:20 am meant running in 96% humidity!!! Humidity is no friend to any runner!!!! Then, I thought about the hills in Thomasville..... there are rolling hills there!!! So, after weighing the pros and cons to running this event, and the cons outweighing the pros..... I of course decided why not run? And, there I was registering on-line!!!! Then, I texted my friend Arlene and informed her that I broke under peer-pressure and signed up!!!! LOL!!! No, seriously, I had 11 miles on Saturday and 5 miles on Sunday on the training schedule........ why not just switch the days and avoid another treadmill running day?!!!!
SO GLAD I DECIDED TO RUN!
It truly was a fun run!!!! I absolutely LOVED it! Very well organized and the Volunteers were great!!!!!! I decided to run with just a little push, but comfortable......and, I did something that I never do.... didn't pay attention to my watch! I approached this race as a training run and didn't "race" it! Just a little push!
I enjoyed interacting with the volunteers:
1-at the 5K turn around, I told the volunteers that "the smart runners signed up for the 5K and not the 5 mile"... they laughed and encouraged me on......
2-during the 4th mile, I informed some of the volunteers that I had a friend following me in tie-dye shirt that talked me into this, and I was going to kill her at the finish line (of course, I didn't mean this, but the volunteers laughed).... and one of them actually kept a look out for her and told her!!!!!! LOL!!!! She informed me of this ta the end!! HA! HA! :D
3-also, during the 4th mile, I noticed a guy closing the gap between us.... during a water stop, I walked and took a water cup to pour on my head.....and I told the volunteers at that stop if they would trip the guy behind me, I would appreciate it (again, only kidding!! And they laughed!) But at the finish line, the guy came up to me and asked if I had indeed said that...... I confessed... we laughed.... and he told me that even if I had continued to walk after the water stop that he wouldn't have caught me.... LOL! I told him that I didn't know if he was running like a training run, or if he was about to go all out! HA! HA!
Beating the Humidity:
To beat the humidity today........ I had developed a strategy prior to the race! I decided to hand carry a water bottle to drink from..... then, I used the water that was handed out at the mile water stations to splash on my face, pour on my head, and pour down my back!!!! My sun visor was soaked!!!! But, you know what, this made the race so much easier....... I actually never felt too hot! It was awesome!
Breakdown of run:
2- mile- 8:37
4- mile- 9:54
Honestly, at 8:20 in the morning with 96% humidity, I am A-OKAY with those times!
***The awards were in an auditorium!!! How cool is that?!! And, there was AC!!! YES!!!!
They had the winners walk up to the stage area to hand out medals! It was pretty cool!
I actually won the Female Master's Category for the 5 mile run!
Pretty neat medal!
My friend, Arlene, snagged 2nd in her age group!! Woot! Woot!
I drank a protein drink right after the run..... but below, was lunch! YUM!!!!!
My husband and son worked hard to savage corn from the garden .... we had strong winds about 2 days ago and practically laid the garden flat!!! A neighbor down the road creams it for us!!!
Gotta run! Hope everyone had a GREAT Saturday!!!! Thanks to everyone who supports this hobby of mind writing this blog..... you guys ROCK!!!!
RUN today? Or, did you have training on the books for an upcoming event? Do tell, I always love to hear what everyone else is up to!!!
Ever sign up for an event that you weren't completely sure of? Only to have the BEST time ever?!!! If yes, tell me about it!!!