Last mother’s day I ran my very first 5K. It was the Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K that benefitted the local high school’s booster club. I started the Couch to 5K journey in Feb of 2013 and I decided the Mother’s Day 5K would be my goal.
I ran my ass off. I made it halfway before having to walk up this massive hill, which was discouraging but I made it. I finished in under 40 mins which was my goal but it was one of those “if I can’t do it in under 40 mins, maybe I shouldn’t be doing it at all” which are a little more discouraging but I finished. From here, the running bug had bit me.
This past Mother’s Day, I made it a point to run again because it marked a year since starting my running journey. this year when a lot better than last year 🙂
The organizers rerouted the course to avoid the massive hill from last year, except they had the walkers start ahead of the runners. Now, I’m not positive why this happened but it didn’t work out fantastically because the runners caught up with the walkers and, in addition to being corraled through a muddy alley way behind the school, we were dodging and weaving.
I was able to run a good distance but I’ve been battling this knee/back/butt muscle issue that causes my leg to throb. That slowed me down a bit and I actually had to walk for a 1/10th of a mile. I still managed to PR though, which made me insanely excited. Official records had me as 34:04. I’ll take it!
This year, I was lucky enough to run with some awesome ladies.
There were also some ladies from my station, as well as the wife of one of the guys that decided to run –>
And of course, it wouldn’t be me without something happening to make me laugh:
I knew I tanned easily but this was literally 30 mins in the sun and now I have a reminder of my knee brace. Fantastc.
Next up — the big move to Maryland and the Baltimore Women’s Classic