Today was race day! My third 5K and Sassy’s first. This was a smaller race with less than 600 runners. The start line would be one of only a couple of times I would see her. The race started and she took off!
I finally saw her running the opposite direction at the first of two turn-arounds. It was then I realized I had only seen one girl her age ahead of her. I then started watching for others to see how close they were to her.
After the second turn around, I noticed she was still behind just the one girl. I then thought she might actually medal!
She was waiting at our meeting tent as I came through the finish line. My goal this race was to not walk. I didn’t walk AND I shaved 2.5+ minutes off my PR! Color me surprised. I placed 12th in my age division. Not too shabby for what was my longest run since before my wreck in August.
I really wish we had dressed up for this Valentine’s Day themed-race. We saw some cute outfits! I was jealous, but dressing up had totally slipped my mind. So unlike me!
A friend of mine also ran this race. It was her first in months, also.
Did I mention it was freezing? Literally freezing. Only 29 degrees, with a wind chill of 17. So very cold.
So we made the most of the situation and we went in search of the cupcakes! There were also bananas, water, and six types of Balance and Kind bars.
Chocolate for me, of course!
We tried hanging out for the awards ceremony, making new friends along the way.
But it was too cold! We went to wait in the car for awhile. Finally we heard the MC calling for all runners. We quickly grabbed our blankets as an outer layer and headed to the ceremony.
And then came the big moment! Winners in the female 11-14 year old category They named third place. Not Sassy. They named second place. Not Sassy! First place? SASSY! She won 1st place in her age division in her very first race!!
If you are wondering about the little girl I saw in front of her, she was only 10 years old. She won 1st place in a younger age division.
After the ceremony, my dad sent me a text asking where we were. He thought Sassy’s win was reason to party. So the party was on! Or at least as much as you can party that early in the morning when half frozen. To iHop we went!
Because everyone knows chocolate chocolate chip pancakes are the best post-race fuel!
1 of 13 in 2013 done!
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