What a great day! I woke up about 6:45A, got up and put on my pink GOTR t-shirt, ate a Zone Protein Bar for breakfast, and made it to CU-ICAR shortly after 8AM. I picked up my race pack, pinned on my “GOTR Coach” tag and my race number. They had all kinds of booths set up for the girls. They got their faces painted, got their hair sprayed with pink and glitter, got little GOTR 5K washable tattos, chapstick, BiLo coupons, orange wedges, bananas, bagels, Rita’s Italian Ice samples, water, lemonade, and even coffee for the grown ups. It was fabulous! And B93.7 was there documenting the whole day. I grabbed a small coffee and a half banana before the race. It was just what I needed.
We started just before 9AM and my co-coach, Carmine, got to lead the whole race in pre-race stretches. She did a great job!
At 9AM, they blew the whistle and the race was on! The girls did such a good job! I’m so proud of them!
I ran with our fastest runner (which surprised me). We kept each other going. I ran the whole first mile with no problem, then I walked for about a minute and started running again. I only walked 3 times for about a minute or so, I think. It was a lot of fun. Towards the end, I told my running buddy, “Okay, if you were on the treadmill and saw 2.7 miles, would you keep going? I would! Come on, you can do it!” By the last little bit we hit a good stride and I hit a “runner’s high.” I crossed the finish line at 34:20. I know it’s not super fast, but it’s probably the fastest I’ve ever run 3.1 miles. I usually walk more than what I did today. It was so much fun to see the girls succeed! I’m pretty sure all of them beat their practice 5K times! I’m just so proud of them!
I used to say I didn’t understand why people payed to run, but after today, I kinda get it. It was so much fun to run with that many people! They keep you going! The last picture is of a girl on my team whose mom was my freshman Speech teacher in college. What a small world! Her mom and I ran near each other pretty much the whole race. It was really fun to run with her! And there was no way I was going to let her beat me. 🙂
After the race, I came home and took a nice hot bath, used a sugar scrub my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas on my feet, and soaked in some oils. It was so refreshing!
Then I got ready and headed to Earth Fare for a “Free Lunch with Purchase” with my sister and nephews. We each bought a drink and got sandwich, soup, and chips for free! I love Earth Fare coupons! I had a veggie hummus wrap with vegetarian 3 bean chili, tortilla chips, and Coconut Water. I know Coconut Water is good for me – electrolytes and minerals and such – but it really wasn’t that tasty. Everything else was delicious though.