I ran. Well, jogged. Actually - crawled my way back to the finish line.
I signed up to run in the Houston eye people's "Lookin' Good Shamrock Strut." Trust me when I tell you that there was no lookin' good - at least not for me.
It was a beautiful 60 degree day and cloudy, which turned into rain around mile 2. This was a blessing as it turns out. As my body was burning from the inside out, and I needed to cool down!
I was wearing my new Mobile Leprechaun tee-shirt that was to be our team shirt for the Azalea Trail run the following weekend. In case you have never heard of the Mobile Leprechaun, I have linked the You Tube video below for you. I assure you - it is worth the look - way funnier than anything I could ever write.
Sooo - I heard the gun and took off. I was in the middle of the pack, and by the first mile I was near the back - but that's ok. Being in the back is relaxing (or so I tell myself).
I should tell you that not only was this a 5K, but a 10K. So there were tons of people passing me the whole morning. Speedy people, zooming by you one time, to circle back and do it again. I just want to ask them how insane they are!
The most important thing that I took away from this run was that I need fluid roughly every mile. I am not fast enough to only need it every few miles because I can run 2 miles in 16 minutes like to other runners. This will come into play later - I promise some AWESOME pictures of my new geeky hydration belt. Because I just didn't look stupid enough!
However, the other important tidbit for me - is that I completed this entire race without once taking a break to walk. My leg was in pain, but I was smiling. I think I am beginning to enjoy this running thing.
I finished in 46:42 with a 15:02/mile. Not my best - but not my worst either! Also, the Imma Punchya face made it's first appearance at the finish line: