Favorite 5k

This Saturday Mr. Shoe and I will be running one of my favorite 5ks. The race has undergone a couple of name changes. It started as Run Against Drugs but is now known as Run 2 Save Our Youth. This will be the 6th year that I participate in this race. This is the race that really got me into running.

Race shirts from 2009-2013

In 2009 my best friend asked me to run this 5k with her. She had run it the year before and I am so glad that she asked me to join her. I look forward to this race and spending the day with her every year! To be honest I think I actually walked it the first two years, but the last few years I have been running it and steadily improving my time. In 2012 I got 3rd in my age group. It was the first time that I had ever received an age group award. In 2013 I was the top female finisher.

Overall award and an age group award!

This road race is a down and back course with a couple very small rolling hills and a few twisty turns. It would be a perfect course if there was some shade! The first time I tried to actually run this course I completely died about 2 miles into the race. I was so disappointed after I had trained so hard. I just got to the point where I could not breathe. Later I realized that I am highly allergic to the trees lining the course. My pre-race routine now includes allergy medicine.

Has anyone had to cope with having to take it easy during a race? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that my times won’t be competitive this year. I know no one else is going to care, but I just feel embarrassed that my time will probably be 10 minutes slower than my last 5k. Hopefully I can just forget about the clock and focus on having fun with my best friend.

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4 thoughts on “Favorite 5k

  1. Try not to sweat your pace too much. Just get out there and enjoy running a race that you know and love. You already proved you can dominate this course, so just try to have take in the scenery and appreciate it for what it is. Maybe run without a watch of any sort. Then you won't have to see how much slower you're running than usual. You need to be healthy for marathon training, so slow down and have fun!!!

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