This was my first ever 5K. After weeks and weeks of snow and frigid temperatures, the day of the race was luckily mild and sunny. It was a beautiful day for a run. I did not view the route prior to the event; otherwise, I would have been prepared for an uphill battle, no pun intended.
Shortly after the start of the race, the course became hilly and did not stop throughout the race. With that being said, the route was peaceful, tree-lined, and ultimately, I enjoyed it very much. Post-race reflection led me to the conclusion that my training needs to include some hills.
I finished 5th in my age group, which I was very excited about; however, the top three won hand-made pottery, so obviously I was a little bummed that I didn’t place two spots up. Overall, it was a wonderful first-race experience, and I plan on running this race again next year.
I was very impressed with the welcome center/exhibit hall. They had a jumpy house for the kiddos, as well as a train that they could ride over and over. My boys loved it! For the runners, they had plenty of food and drinks, free massages, water bottles, and more. Everyone was very happy and felt well taken care of.
I was trying to wave to the family. Case, my toddler, looked slightly traumatized by all of the commotion. I do believe I was trying to make him smile with this face I am making, but it is certainly unflattering.
Post-race family shot.