I'm getting back on track!! I ran my first 5K of the year on Saturday, March 23, 2013. I hope it is the first of several this year. I can handle training and running 3.1 miles with 2 kids. 3 miles is an easy distance to push them, too! I have a race in mind next month that I'll be pushing them.
I received a text on Monday from my running mentor last year, Lisa. She asked if I wanted to share a room at the race location & have a REUNION! I was so excited! I started working on how I could accomplish this...crazy schedule of hubby & I. Finally got my mom to agree to come watch them so I could head to the Hyatt Lost Pines & help with race registration & then get an undisturbed night of sleep (no little visitors & not having to get up super early to get to parking lot to be bused to the location).
When I arrived at the race registration....it WAS a reunion! It was nice to see familiar faces that I ran with and got to know participation the the HEB Zooma Texas Girlfriends Program. Before the program last year, I thought I loved the solitude of running and peace it brought me, but I really miss the group runs!!! I know I'm slow, so I really need to work on my speed so that I can join a running group. I guess that's my motivation moving forward. Who knew, I'm a social runner??!!
I was much more relaxed this year since I ONLY had 3.1 miles to go....then I remembered the hills...wait, were there hills on the 5K course too...ACK!!! There were. OH NO! I had only been running in FLAT Hutto....
Here I am before the run....
Here is what I missed last year...an ice cold glass of Barefoot Wine Moscatto! It was sooo yummy! (I already drank a bit before I realized that I should take a picture..lol.)
I was a little sad that I did not get the beautiful necklace that the half marathon finishers received ..it has a charm of a runner...maybe I'll have to find one to add to my mommy & DP charm necklace. (I never thought I wanted a charm to signify my running...but I'm getting more proud that I do it and I'm starting to run more than I walk.) I did get the BLING for having a PR. Now to keep getting faster (and maybe get hubby out there with me)!
On the drive home yesterday, I think I smiled the whole way (and jammed to some great music...love XM). It really was a wonderfully relaxing time (even though it was less than 24 hours). I felt recharged & renewed my spirit.....I felt like I could take on the whole world! (it lasted for a little while, then back to mommyhood)