When I went home to Mobile for Thanksgiving, I knew I would be running a 5K. But I thought it was only going to be a virtual race through Daily Mile. My mom informed me that there was actually a race that day on the campus of South Alabama. I would much rather run a real race!! With a little research I found out the race was raising money for Camp Rap-a-Hope which is a charity I was involved with when I was younger and still living in Alabama. Since I am currently involved with TNT I thought this would be another great reason to race and give back to another cancer charity (Camp Rap-a-Hope is a camp for kids with cancer).
I woke up early to get to the race and register. Way to early. I kind of forget how small Mobile is and I found the start with no problem, signed up for the race and still had an hour to waste. I warmed up a little and it was hot. Like 74 degrees at 8 am hot. Another thing I had also forgotten about Mobile.
I didn’t expect a huge turn out but was pleasantly surprised. I even ran into a few old high school friends. I made sure to be close to the start line since it wasn’t chip timed. And we were off. I knew pretty quickly I would do well-didn’t see many females around me and was passing men (love that feeling btw) left and right. I had originally been worried about the heat and my allergies (forgot to bring the zyrtec) affecting my asthma but did well. The course was a loop around the University of South Alabama campus–pretty uneventful. I vaguely remember running past a small lake and fraternity row. I will say that is one thing I like about 5k’s. They feel like they are over before they even start. I ended up running the last mile next to a man who continued to push me, which was nice. I could see the clock time at 24:08 from a distance and I knew I wouldn’t PR but I knew I had to be in the top half of the females and the other runners. I waited around for the awards ceremony and sure enough….
I PLACED 1st IN MY AGE GROUP (30-34)!! I was so excited! I had been joking with a friend of mine that works at Big Peach in Atlanta that I needed to run smaller races to place (always seem to do well and oh so close to placing). I ended up finishing 44/337 overall and 5th female overall finisher with a time of 24:18. I know it was a small race and I wouldn’t have place in a race in Atlanta but, regardless of race size, I am still really excited about it.
And I got a “medal”. It may end up being my most cherished bling yet.
The shirt and my “medal”–a Camp Rap-a-Hope button with grosgrain ribbon and puffy paint–it says Believe 2010. So true.
This may be one of my favorite running moments so far. What are some of yours?