Saturday, November 5, 2011, we left Knoxville at the start of the 4th quarter. Clay wanted to make sure we got back in time for my FIRST 5K at 1:50am on Sunday morning! YEP~ my first 5K (did the 1/2 marathon first) and YEP~in the wee hours of the morning! Anything is Possible 5K for a great cause helping troops get the support they need once they arrive back home! Needless to say....we made it! Even had time to run home to change and the girls decided they wanted to go to bed....and as much as I would have loved for them to be there to cheer me on...I was glad! My sweet brother in love decided that he would do it with me and stay with me! I was grateful for his company and support!
~~OK a little footnote about this race....If you have not figured it out.....the time will be negative!!! We start at 1:50am the morning of the time falling back. So at 2am the time goes back to 1am. It was for a great cause but I LOVED that my first 5k would be a negative time!!! ~~
Jim and I getting ready for the start. I have to laugh at this picture...cause now I understand where my niece gets her talent for the closed eyes in pictures! He had just been laughing!
Here we are at the 1/2 way mark. OK funny thing~this race is at the Avenues and they had a biker lead off to make sure you stayed on the course. Well, Jim and I are rounding around the back of Belk's and the biker passes us. We both looked at each other and commented what's up with that....OH MY GOODNESS.....WE GOT LAPPED! Not by one runner but THREE!!!! These three guys finished in 18 to 19 minutes.... at 20, 46, and 16 year old! AMAZING!!!!
Here we are crossing the finish line.
And if you are wondering...it is Clay who braved the time and cold to cheer us on and take pictures!
My goal was to do this in under 40 minutes with a negative 20 minute time. At the 37 minute mark and knowing where we were and how much we had left to do, we made a time adjustment. Under 45 minutes was the new adjustment. We came in, according to my watch, -17.14 but the official result time was -17.01.4. It was not a chip timed race and we did start in the back to let all the jack rabbits get out in front. I started my watch when we crossed the finish line so that would explain the time difference. We were on a 13.70 pace. Totally ok with this time! Considering that about 2 months ago, I was laughing at the thought of running.
OH and the COOLEST THING about finishing this race..... I have now logged 500 miles crossing the finish line with my brother in love since the end of March. I was telling Clay I really had thought that I would have been to that sooner UNTIL I started training for the 1/2 marathon. Funny, I had to hold back on my mileage.
This Saturday, I will be doing my 2nd 5k. I have yet to signed up for my next 1/2 yet....trying to figure out where I want to do that one. I never in a million years would have thought that I would have ever done anything like this! But now as I approach my 47th birthday in 111 days, my list is changing! My new goal is to 500 more miles for a total of 1000 by my birthday which will be a 1000 in 11 months! And to do a full marathon before I am 50 and that is only 1207 days away (If I did that math right).