I'm now going to go into a lot of details about my day. Feel free to just look at the pictures (that my husband was so nice to take)!
Look how relaxed I am!
Registration was a bit of a mess. I got my stuff fine but just as we walked into the gym, someone came up to my daughter and her teammate (after seeing their shirts) and said that their coach had already picked up their bags so they only needed to get their numbers. Kayleigh got her number and told them she didn't need a bag. Angelic on the other hand, didn't get anything. We were confused about why the coach would get one number and not the other and had a feeling he didn't have Kayleigh on his list but we went with what they told us at registration.
The three of us went down the finish straight-away to check it out since it was Angelic's first year. I ran back for my warm up and immediately decided that it was not as cool as they predicted and changed into shorts. A text message came through from other teammates so they headed off to find them and Bill and I just walked around.
Kayleigh and Angelic before the race.
Kayleigh and Angelic are off!
And here I come. Why do I look like a giant?
Kayleigh (with Angelic hiding behind her) right before the 1 mile point.
A few minutes later, here I come. Still smiling and you can tell I'm running because my hair is swinging!
The girls are starting to look tired and Kayleigh's hair has broke free from it's bun!
Not sure why I'm still smiling. Maybe by this point I'm delirious.
Ok, now I'm getting tired.
Apparently Kayleigh and Angelic came down the road after they finished to find me. Kayleigh said she was running next to me on the side of the road but I didn't even see her until Angelic said "Good job Mom"! Nice that I'm spotting Angelic but not my own daughter! I was obviously reaching my limit at this point.
Seriously - where is that finish line?
My attempt at a sprint.
Thank goodness! Stopping my watch and staring in shock at the time.
Bill went over to check the final rankings. Turns out I was 8th place in the 40-44 age group. What?! Granted we don't know at this point how many people were in this group but since there were about 750 runners total, I'm hoping it was more than 10! One of Kayleigh's teammates got 3rd in her age group and her coach's son (who is about 11 years old) got 2nd in his.
Bill road his bike home so I had to drive but felt pretty good. Until around 2 this afternoon, that is, when I fell asleep on the couch! I didn't feel too bad though. Kayleigh has done this a lot more than me but shortly after getting home, we found her asleep while holding the tablet in her hands and a video still playing! I guess she was a little tired!
So in closing I would say that if anyone is questioning whether they should sign up for a 5K, I'm going to say YES YOU SHOULD! (But you may not want to plan anything for the rest of the day!)