|Aubie & I|
|Daddy, me, Mommy|
Mile 2: This is when I starting taking some walk breaks. It was cold and my lungs were trying to adjust to sucking in all this cold air.
Mile 3: HILLS, HILLS, HILLS-I swear I had never seen hills like this in all the years I lived in Auburn. During this mile I met a woman running her second 5K while sick with bronchitis but she was a fighter! She reminded me a little bit of Bonnie from this season of Biggest Loser. She even sounded like her!
|Allan & I|
Mile 5: I passed the couple and ran the final "big hill" but then I had to take a little break to walk. At this point I knew that I would beat my original goal of 2:15 and I stood a good chance of beating my secret goal of 2:10.
Mile 6-finish: As we neared the church I started picking up my pace. You had to climb one more small hill before making the turn for the finish and at the bottom of the hill I started sprinting. That's when I could see and hear my mom, dad, Allan, and a friend who had come to cheer me on yelling my name and clapping.
This is a race I will try to run every year. It was a small but well organized race in an area I'm really comfortable. In the future it will be nice for all of us to be able to go and spend a weekend in Auburn enjoying our favorite restaurants and places to visit. The best part probably having my parents, Allan, and a friend there cheering for me. I played sports 4th-12th grade and did a bazillion other activities 7th-12th grade and my parents have always supported me. Even though I run for myself it's so encouraging to have them and Allan always tell me they are proud of me after my races.
I believe it's safe to say that I will be signing up for the Auburn Half Marathon in January so I can go back!
Did you run a race distance for the first time this year?