The night before the Santa Runs Tacoma 5K Bonney Lake had a STORM, with wind and rain so loud I could hardly sleep...our power went out so I made sure to have my cell phone alarm set. at 6:30 I woke up to start the day...the Little Studs were not far behind then Tall Grandma came with some tasty French Toast sticks.. I had not set out EVERYTHING the night before the race and was distracted with everyone up and about.. Diaper Change, eat, get directions, kiss kids, do I have everything? Mom and I set out early because the main roads were to close at 8AM...
We got a GREAT spot for FREE in the Marina area, I was a bit worried I would get a ticket but we didn't. I realized quickly that I FORGOT MY GARMIN and IPOD!! Yes folks I would be running unplugged...thankfully it was a 5K.
- With no idea of the time mile 1 passed in a flash, the course started on a hill then levelled out, which was nice.. this was the same route as part of the You Go Girl Half Marathon where I paced T to a PR. I felt good, breathing a little labored but I was not pushing it too hard, the leaders wooshed by on the right and we came to the turn.. 1.5 done..
- Judy is 67 she is a local celebrity and is at EVERY race...I even saw her at mile 18 of the Portland Marathon. If Jusy is not at a race you know that there is a BETTER race somewhere else.. I beat her by a mear 10 seconds in a 5K, I was going 7:23 pace.. she wins her Age group every time :)
I knew that Judy would be running sub 8's, so if I passed her I was on target for my sub 7:30's goal. I wanted to have fun and not get injured trying to go too fast. Passed Judy and looked for the next woman to pass, 1, 2, 3, 4, I was picking them off... Guess starting slow is a good thing. Up the hill and I was out of steam. I totally forgot that Mom and Tammy were at the Finish Line, but I did pose for the Race Photographer.. Can you see me in the distance?? Thankfully this race was chip timed, it took me over a minute to cross the start line.