I dragged my middle son out of bed at an unusually early hour so that we to could race the LA Cancer Challenge 5K with a group of our friends.
He was thrilled.
We got there super early, so we had plenty of time to consider our racing strategies.
I used the port-a-potties line-waiting time to come to the terrifying conclusion that you can’t possibly have a racing strategy when you have no idea how to run a decent 5K in the first place.
Once we found our team, Team Ensure, we spent some time warming up and stretching. That is when I turned to my friend and said, “How do you run a 5K again? Do you try to hold back a bit on the first mile?”
“Nope. You go out strong and you hold it. For all three miles.”
Frightened, I said good-bye to Middle, who obviously needed to be closer to the front. Whereas I was just looking around with no idea where to place myself.
My first mile was a blur and I heard that my split was 6:45. I was a little afraid of that pace; I must admit. So I pulled back a tad for the next mile. We ran the third mile in the open sun. By then it was really hot. (Story of my life. Race day is 86 degrees.)
I heard there were hills, and there probably were. I just don’t remember any of them.
I came across the finish line at 21:46 for a 14 second PR.
I was shocked that this time earned me 2nd place in my age group, 8th female overall.
But, I have to say, I was totally inspired by the fact that the lady who finished just ahead of me was all buff like an Avatar. It made me connect running fast to strength training, which just might help me stick with my squatting and lunging routines. Or do the Brazil Butt Lift a few times a week.
Middle came in at 19:13 and won his age group. And he just raced a mean 4K yesterday.
Our entire team performed really well. In fact, one of them came in 2nd overall! We are hoping we placed in the Team category as well.
Overall, the LA Cancer Challenge is a fabulous, very well organized race; best of all, all of the money raised goes toward pancreatic cancer research.
And so, even though Middle gave me quite a few eye rolls on our way there this morning, on the way home he said that this was one of the best races he has ever run.
I told him to remember that next time he decides to question my authority.