Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend! For the most part mine was pretty chill with the highlight probably being the 5k I ran on Saturday morning with my work crew. This was the third 5k I have run this summer if you count the mud run I did back in March as well as the Color Run last month. I went into this last one on Saturday probably feeling the least prepared but finished feeling the strongest I have yet!
This 5k unlike the previous two was just a straight 5k race. There weren’t any obstacles or fun colors being thrown at us but the location was really pretty, the run benefited a great cause, and the crowd support along the route was amazing! We entered the race as a team again, with four of us from my office participating. We ran most of the race together, stopping when someone needed to walk a few times so no one would get left behind. We ended up crossing the finish line at about 39 minutes which is a bit slower than I had hoped for but not bad I guess for a bunch of people who don’t really consider themselves runners!
I was personally happy with how my race went in that I felt strong, think I could have run the whole time (even the long uphill section that pretty much made up the last mile) and wasn’t even that sore the next day! In fact, the only soreness I really felt was in my right shin which honestly had been bothering me before the run due to some nagging shin splints I can’t seem to ever do away with. I was actually a little surprised by how well it did go because I wasn’t super enthusiastic going in this one. I hadn’t done as much running leading up to this race as I had the other two so I was a little worried about how painful my lack of training was going to make the run. While I have been working out consistently and am feeling stronger than ever, I hadn’t logged nearly as much treadmill time as I had hoped to. My body surprised me yet again though and stepped right up to the challenge! I know I have said this before, but I am so thankful I made the decision to get my butt active again. I am having a blast participating in these events and overcoming the mental and physical challenges that are part of the process. I am proud of myself for the first time in a long time and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel! 🙂
All in all, the day was a success and I am even more motivated to keep pushing myself to hit more goals! Every race that I have completed this year has left me wanting to go back for more! As soon as I cross the finish line I am already thinking about the next one. My next big goal to crush is a 10k which I think i might attempt this fall. Maybe, lol. If anyone has any tips for completing a 10k I would love to hear them! In the meantime, see below for some pics from Saturday!