This has been a couple of days of really fun races. Thursday night I ran in the Corporate Cup with friends and had a blast BUT I just get slower and slower! Today I watched the Girls on the Run and had just as much fun as when I race.
First the Corporate Cup
Before the race
It has been raining all week but it was wonderful weather for this event! A bit muggy but nothing terrible.
We had two teams running from my school. Rumor had it there were 2800 runners/walkers in all. There were certainly a lot of people and I had envy over the t shirts many of the teams had chosen. I guess when you work for a non profit no one buys you matching t shirts. Get over it AJH. That is reality.
Before the race - Our Team
The best part of the night was how much fun the new runners from my school had. I have to say one runner who didn't come to the Sunshine Run but was able to come to this race may have picked the wrong one. She likes trails and running alone.......not exactly the atmosphere last night. But she is always a good sport and still had fun. She questioned my sanity at liking being amongst hundreds of runners. I have to say I think I can blame a little bit of my time on the weaving and crowd that went on all race but particularly in the first mile. It was nuts. But I do love big races. The trouble is in a 5K it is hard to make up the time the crowd makes you lose. My grade level colleague LOVED racing (she did no preparation whatsoever) and wonders how she can increase her time with the same level of non preparation in the future.
I think some of us are going to do the Komen Race for the Cure in July. I will have to see as I need to go to Ironman Lake Placid to spectate or my life won't be worth living. I think I can fit both in though.
The Corporate Cup is a fun race that crosses the river 4 times once on a bike bridge that gives you motion sickness as everyone crosses. I loved seeing the runners ahead of me crossing the bridge, the sight of it is inspiring. Some of it was on small back streets through my state's capital. There were a lot of people there to watch. One of my students told me she saw me on the news. (Crossing the finish line first of course)
Our goofy I did it picture
Don't they look like they enjoyed it/
I don't know any of my mile splits because my Garmin stopped working! It never does that. Oh well. It's fine now. I think sometimes it gets turned on in my bag and loses it's power because it was on 0% charged even though it had been fully charged.
My pace was slower than my hilly 5K last weekend and my overall time was 29:10. I have never been in the 29s for a 5K. I will just keep working on it. In spite of that it was an exceedingly fun race.
Girls on the Run 5K
Today I got up much earlier than I usually do on a Saturday and went for an 8 mile run. I wanted to fit it in and still get to the Girls on the Run 5K. There were about 12 girls who ran it from third grade to sixth grade and 5 of them were from my class and 3 from the other third grade. I had lots of kids to cheer for including some older kids I used to teach. The course was a muddy mess. It poured this morning, in fact there was lightning (after my run - the 6:00 thing worked beautifully). The kids didn't care in fact the puddles and mud probably delighted them.
I only saw one kid at the start. So I moved over to try to catch them in another spot. I stayed put as I would be able to see them twice. I saw many of them pass by me. I yelled and generally they spotted me and were DELIGHTED I was there. ( I felt like a visiting rock star.) I had my cow bell to make lots of noise. I saw a lot of the kids twice and when I cheered they would grin ear to ear and start sprinting. I loved it! Sometimes if I didn't see the kid a parent running with them would see me and give a yell. After the race I went over to congratulate them. They were so proud of their medals and the fact that they ran 3.1 miles! This was a huge huge huge accomplishment for many of "my girls." There were family members there with most of them which was not a given at all! I loved watching this and had every bit as much fun as when I race. I got choked up more than once! I can't wait to see them on Monday and hope they still have that glow! A few were talking about future races! More converts! What a great program Girls on the Run is!
When I got home I managed to get in a bike ride - a great one between rain storms!