Happy Memorial Day!
What better way to celebrate the weekend than running a race for a good cause?! B and I ran the Runner’s Alley Redhook 5K yesterday benefitting the Krempels Center. This center gives new life to brain injury victims and all proceeds went to this wonderful cause!
In honor of Memorial Day, the sponsors encouraged runners to dress up:
Looking good!!! But she looked great too….
I loved this race! 2,000 people showed up to run: walkers, strollers, runners and even kids. Because the race benefitted those who have suffered brain injuries, they allowed those racers to have premium start time. It seriously gave me the chills to watch people accomplish something in spite of the cards they were dealt. The race also honored veterans and the national anthem was sung. We were all wiping our eyes!
All of a sudden, the announcer yelled, “Go” and we were off. I do not love running in crowds because I feel like I am gonna trip over those in front of me. Therefore, I sprinted off and ran in the grass to get around a large group of runners. I was running WAY too fast, but I had to get space to find my stride. All of a sudden I was at mile 1 and the time said 7:19. What? I am happy to have 8 minute miles. Anyway, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to maintain that pace for 2 more miles, so I slowed just a bit. My breathing became regulated and I approached mile 2 at just over 15 minutes. Sweet! My goal then became to finish at 23 minutes. About 2.5 miles in, I started to really tire. I looked at my watch and decided to buckle down. 23 minutes became my goal! We ran and ran and where was that finish line? I saw it in the distance and cranked up the speed. B was waiting for me. And the time said?:
A new PR!! 23:33–yahoo!!
And B smoked it!! 22:19–he is seriously fast in my book!
Redhook really took care of us with all of the delicious food and brew! We toasted Memorial Day with their newest beer: American Independence Ale:
This was a great course. Very flat and easy! Beautiful weather, about 75 degrees and breezy! Congrats to all of the runners!
C-23:33 26 out of?? (waiting for number) 268/2000 overall
B-22:14 44 out of??? 169/2000
Questions of the Day:
Did you run a race this weekend?
How are you celebrating Memorial Day?