After only 3 hours of sleep, my alarm woke me up from a blissful sleep at 6:30am for the DE-Feet Breast Cancer 5K.
I started the morning off with my usual- a deli flat with peanut butter and a banana. Never change your pre-race meal! If it works, stick with it!
Since this was a breast cancer race, I knew I had to wear my pretty pink running skirt and pigtails!
Before I left, my old high school friend Staci commented on my Facebook to let me know she’d be there too. Awesome! I don’t think I had seen her since high school graduation, which was 11 years ago. Ack, I’m old! Staci’s been very successful with her weight loss, and she’s been running now for a while. Hi Staci!!
When I arrived, there was already quite a crowd. We later found out this was the largest attendance of any Seashore Striders event. Over 500 people participated between the 1 mile walk, the 5K walk, and the 5K run.
Once I was registered and not given the long sleeve t-shirt I so desperately wanted (they ran out, plus they weren’t long sleeve), I found Holly and Ellen! This was Ellen’s first 5K!
Also in our group was Manuela who I also went to high school with, Bobbi, and Kelli. Thank you, Staci, for the picture!
The whistle blew at 9am, and we were off! Right from the beginning, I knew this would be a tough race. I hadn’t run in a week and a half, and it felt like Hades outside! The humidity could have stayed home. At the first mile marker, I looked down at my iPhone to see I ran a 10:13 mile, which I believe is the fastest mile I’ve ever run. Unfortunately, this pace didn’t last long. I lost all of my steam during the second mile, which was 11:56. I had to take a few walk breaks because I was feeling nauseous, but I finished in 35:39, an 11:30 pace.
With the humidity and my running hiatus, I’m not ashamed of my time. I feel good about it.
After the race, we all drove over to Friendly’s for breakfast. Since I already had half a bagel at the race, I ordered home fries and only ate half, but I downed about 4 cups of coffee. Mmmmm! Before you start with the home fries, I know that was a bad decision, but it’s hard to find something to eat at a restaurant for breakfast when you’re a vegetarian. It was either home fries or pancakes drowning in syrup. Speaking of pancakes, Friendly’s now offers pancakes with a scoop of ice cream on top. Seriously? I think I’ll start my day off with an order of that and for lunch, I’ll have the KFC Double Down. I think I just had a minor heart attack thinking of eating that crap.
But anyways… a BIG congratulations to Caren for running Broad Street today!!! It was her first race longer than a 5K!
Now it’s time for me to continue packing. I’m about to head out to pick up some boxes someone graciously offered on FreeCycle!