I've been wanting to get back to how running started for me, small, locally put on, short distance races and this small 5k benefiting Untamed Spirit, “a program designed to enhance and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs through a partnership with horses” was perfect. It was close to home and I knew it wouldn't take too much time away from my family.
It took place at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum, located in rural Virgina Beach. We would be running a cross country course on the grass runway and through the dinosaur park.
I knew I would never catch #1. She ended up running it in 22 and some change! I did, however, keep #2 in my sights. She too was hot, shedding layers as she ran, but more importantly she was slowing!
So here I am, hot and already fatigued, running on a grass runway trying not to slip and then they throw you for a loop, literally. I was looping through a grassy knoll littered with dinosaur replica’s. All the looping back and forth slowed me down.
|This was obviously not taken on race day :)|
I closed the distance between us quickly. As soon as I was on her heels she felt my presence and started sprinting too. As we are sprinting that last tenth of a mile, neck in neck, I could hear everyone cheering, but I couldn't see anything but the finish line. I have this weird tunnel vision thing happen when things get intense. With maybe 20 feet left to go, I could feel her edging over into my space. WTH! Is that even legal? I don't know if it was intentional or not, or even if it really happened! I might have edged into her space? I don't know, anyway, it doesn't matter. What matters is that with her edging me over I fell a step behind. She crossed the finish line first @ 24:44 and I was 2 seconds back with 24:46. 2 little seconds! 2! And you know what? I don't care. I mean I care, of course I care, BUT, it was so exciting!! I loved the excitement! The thrill of competition! It was an awesome feeling! A feeling that somehow has escaped me during this last year of running. A feeling I hope is here to stay! I enjoyed this race so much more than I have enjoyed most of the races I completed this year.
I ended up taking 3rd overall and second in my age group. It was such a small race that they only gave out 1st place overall awards. Everyone else went to the age groups. Even though, it was a small race, my age group, 30-39 was tough. The first place finisher overall was 33. #2 was second overall and first in our age group at a whopping 31 years old. Then I come with my walker to take 2nd at the ripe old age of 38! The 3rd place finisher was 30. I can draw a diagram if you need help sorting that out, but on paper, not on the computer. Us old people don't know how to do that! It actually makes me feel pretty good that I was able to hang with those kids! Apparently, runners peak in their late 30's. Does that mean I am now looking at the back side of the mountain? I don't think I am ready for that just yet! Oh and the organizer was right, no PR for me. Next time for sure!
|I'm still not sure what this guys costume was all about.|
|Or this one...but it made for a good photo.|
|Some of my MRTT momma's.|