This race had a lot of Ups and Downs and I am not just talking about the Hills. ( and there were a few of those too!)
- My daughter’ s first 5k.! We started running 3 years ago with the goal of running one of those trendy 5k’s . Life happened and she moved 4000 km away so it was especially sweet to finally accomplish this.
- I got to wear Purple.. and some cool antennae so people could find Short Little Me in the crowd.
- It was a beautiful sunny day.
- The route was trails that I run frequently.
5. I got to spend time with some Fab #runatcan Peeps. Totally awesome to see Angela and Michelle.
6. My employer paid for my Race Registration. And they gave me a cool new Performance Tshirt. We all opted to wear Purple for this event though.
7. I got to run another race with my sister. Here we are with our post-race sweaty faces
8. I had the support of my awesome Running Group the Riverview Running Idiots. . Luv these ladies.
9. I got to share this experience with some family members, some of whom were doing some Firsts.
10. Best Swag Ever!!
11. Awesome Volunteers ( except that one at the Food table )
- I couldn’t get the day off. Working retail means a lot of weekend work, and our schedules are Subject to Change Without Notice. Mine changed on Thursday and I realized that I would have to work on the day of the Race. . I ended up doing a Split Shift, 6 hours before, 2 hours after.
- I was not Rested prior to the Race. A 5:00 am work shift will do that to ya.
- New glasses ( bifocals) meant a bit of peripheral blurriness when I forgot to tilt my head down to see what was near my feet.
- I forgot to eat before the race. Seriously ! I didn’t remember until I was on my way out the door so I gulped down a Greek Yogurt and a piece of cheese. At the race I tried to grab a granola bar from the Post-Race snack table but a volunteer snatched it from me and told me that they were for AFTER the race.
- That stupid loop circa the 8k mark. I was beginning to wilt physically at this point due to heat and lack of fuel but was feeling Mentally strong until I was directed to run down a steep bank and through a parking lot and retrace my steps. And they have the nerve to call it a ” Bump.”
- The Hills ! oh, the Hills !
- I had to work go back to work for 2 hours.
This is a great event for a great cause with a lot of community support. Over $23,000 was raised for the Beausejour Family Crisis Center. This is the second time that I have ran and it was especially sweet this year because there were so many family / friends who were running / walking their ” First.” I prefer this year’s route which included some lovely wooded trails. ( except that Bump, I do not like the Bump)
I am thinking that maybe next year I will be involved as a Volunteer.
Cheers to Women everywhere.