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Spur of the Moment Races

4 years ago, I never would have thought I could be the type of person who could randomly sign up for a race and be prepared enough to run it. Let’s face it, I am a planner and generally don’t “fly by the seat of my pants”.

Friday night, J and I went out to eat and ended up running into Donnie and Shannon and they were asking if I was running the 5K at Wallace State on Sunday. I said I didn’t know anything about it. He said “Oh but it’s for the kids in Africa.” Fine.. guilt tripped. I said I’d have to see how Sunday went. I wasn’t sure of J’s schedule or when exactly the girls were coming home. So, at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, a mere ONE HOUR before the start of the race, I made a judgement call to run. I signed up for the race 30 minutes before the gun went off. Donnie wasn’t feeling too great and I jokingly told him he needed to get me to a sub 30 5K, since I hadn’t ever done it in a race before. Sure on a treadmill, but that’s not the same. Can I just say that a 3 pm start time for a race in September means it’s HOT outside?! Geez. We started out too fast, clocking the first mile in 8:30 and that was with 2 hills. Whoops. Around mile 2, Donnie looked at me and said if you can keep this pace by yourself, you’ll get a sub 27. I said I couldn’t and I didn’t need that, just something under 30. Donnie pulled back right at the 3 mile mark and told me to go on, that I was going to make it.

I crossed the finish in 29:48.

I debated on puking, but thought better of it.

I honestly felt like crap too much to be ecstatic. I ran it hard and was dehydrated. There was zero shade.

Donnie is a firm believer in staying around for door prizes, so we hung out for that.

And I was quite surprised when my name was called for a 1st place Age Group Award. When I told the girl it was also a PR for me, she replied with, “But you don’t have on your tall socks!” Ha. Guess I’m known for that around here… 

J took me out for a celebratory dinner of sushi and fried rice. Yum.

So, I think it’s pretty crazy that I was able to be prepared for a race enough to sign up 30 minutes before the start and walk away with a PR and a 1st place Age Group finish.

Have you ever done something like that?

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