All the training the previous two weeks, all the heartache and frustration, it all was dedicated to today, my 2nd 5K ever, my 2nd 5K of the season, and what I hoped would be a good race and make me feel like I am a true athlete again. I had 2 goals for this one: Do not stop running and finish with a better time than my last race, which was like 35 something.
Woke up very groggy from lack of sleep (unconventional workout last night). T and I got dressed and she cooked us some breakfast of Egg Beaters, turkey sausage, and oatmeal. I also downed some water and Gatorade. Then we left for downtown. On the way, I talked to my mom, which just put me in a pissed off mood.
Got there with plenty of warm up time. Theresa went to the bathroom while I grabbed some safety pins. We then warmed up properly. A very light jog towards the sunlight then lots of stretching, which was good given that it was ass cold outside.
I downed a small Powerade, then we hit the bathrooms once more and made our way towards the front. A little pep talk for each other, some good lucks, and a couple I love yous and we were gone. The race started at 8:15 am but I didn't cross the starting line until about 8:18. From there, the cluster that is the start occurred. I saw T run to the right, and I took an opening to the left. I then found it wide open and settled into a pretty quick pace. At mile one, I determined I was doing 8 minute miles, so I scaled it back. Around a mile and a half, I got a small cramp in my side but was determined to run this entire race. I found myself being able to control my pace a lot better and was very relaxed.
At mile 2, I knew I could push myself to finish this race in a respectable time. When we turned towards Coors Field I saw the finish line and broke into a hard run, but still had the warning track to do (oops!) I picked it up on the warning track and after that sprinted the rest of the way, crossing the finish line at 31:28. I waited for my beautiful girlfriend to finish, who finished a few minutes after me. I was very proud of her.
Delicious bagels, slushies, bananas, and for me a hot dog followed the race. I am completely hooked on this!