Freedom 5K

July 11, 2010 § 17 Comments

Hey everyone!
I hope you all are bronzing and not boiling in this ridiculous heat everyone seems to be having. While running recently, I think back to a few months ago. I begged and pleaded for warm weather during the winter. Would you believe I’m craving a cold night spent wrapped in blankets, watching movies, and drinking hot coco. You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no! 

Enter smooth transition. Here are some recents.

My first text. Baby girl growing up!

5th from left

 

My first 5K was on July 3rd and was absolutely wonderful. With my new phone blasting some sweet jams (thanks to Pandora) I was good to go! My mind was on the finish line the entire time. But shall we backtrack a bit? Because this post isn’t random enough.

 That Friday was a pretty average day on the job.

My girl K hiding from the camera

Afterwards I picked up my race packet literally down the street. The Market Common is my home away from home. There was a sweet little festival going on and the runner’s tent was amongst the chaos.

I went to the beach for a while to clear my head.

The next portion of this post is titled: Things not to do the night before a run.
 I went to dinner and had ginormous bean burger and chips, spent time on the back of a motorcycle (in flip flops),  and nearly died laughing on the boardwalk. You probably think I’m kidding. I’m totally not. I went out with my longtime friend Davy and didn’t get in until after 2…..

Imagine pictures to remember da good times. Glorious.

I fell asleep around three and woke at 6 to get ready for the race! I popped a few bites of a Chocolate Chip Clif Bar in my mouth, downed some water and a cup of coffe and was out the door.

The thrills of waking up a 17 year old

Now on to the goods. I LOVED this race! I made it to the starting line just in time (try waking up a 14 and 17 year old to cheer you on 😉 ). I started at 7:15 and time just flew by. During mile two I experienced some knee pressure that lasted for the remainder of my time. 

I crossed the finish line at 31:35 to volunteers and families cheering everyone on! But my brothers weren’t there! After a few minutes and a frantic phone call, they showed up…McDonald’s cups in hand.

“Oh, you finished running quicker than we thought”…can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. So, a fake finish photo was in order.
http://independenceday8k.com/

I got in 124th place out of 167 runners.  The fastest runner completed the course in under 16 minutes!
What I’ve learned: don’t stay out late the night before, eat a more balanced breakfast, and train more frequently to feel comfortable with the milage. Running 2-3 times a week simply didn’t cut it.  All in all I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!

xoxo, Annie

PS Check this bad boy out! http://wannabewriterrunner.com/2010/07/09/giveaway-time/

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