In 2004, I ran my first race…the Run for the Roses 5K. I finished the 3.1 miles in a time of 33:18 and I thought I was going to die!!
I decided I HAD to run the Run for the Roses 5K again this year to reminisce my first race. So…Sunday I ran the Run for the Roses 5K (on a different course from 10 years ago). The alarm clock went off at 6 am for a power-filled breakfast.
The race started and finished at the Ames Middle School (where I work), so we arrived at 7:30 am, picked up our race packet and hung out in my classroom to stay warm (it was only 43F). Five minutes before race start, we went outside and stripped down to our race attire.
I ran with Basil, who thinks she needs to be at the front of the pack. As a result, I had to continuously remind her to “heal” the whole run and keep her on a tight leash by my side. While we ran at a quick pace, I am certain I could have ran faster solo. My goal was to beat my time from 10 years ago and we did so quite successfully.
I definitely got an arm workout in while running with Basil, since I was continuously pulling back on her with my left arm. We finished in 24:34, which wasn’t a PR, but it was close to 10 minutes faster than in 2004…we’ll take it!! Oh…and I was first in my age group 😉
How long have you been racing? What is your favorite distance to race?