Wendy and I woke up bright and early this morning. I was still feeling the aches and the exhaustedness from yesterday's wedding shoot - but I went through the drive-through, ordered a cup of coffee and tried to pull myself out of the haze I was in.
We got there early enough to enjoy some face painting and hair braiding, but goodness golly molly - the fumes from all that hairspray made me dizzy. It was like a cloud of chemicals.
And a sea of people. After gathering on the field and opening ceremonies, we headed towards the starting line (the balloons) alphabetically by school. Our school was near the end. It was SO crowded that there were actually times when it was impossible to run - the sea of people was too thick.
That being said, I ran as much as I could.
It's not a race, and they didn't want us treating it like one - but I wanted to know for myself, what goal to beat the next time. If I can run a 5K exhausted from a wedding, in a crowd of people so thick that running was sometimes impossible, and in 83 degree blazing sunshine - now I officially know that I can do better than 39 minutes the next time.
I like knowing that.
I lost Wendy right at the starting point. They had warned us that it happens frequently - and to not even try to run together but just go at your own pace. The path is well marked and well protected, so it was never a concern. Wendy was in front of me at the beginning so I was trying to catch up with her, and she ended up coming in behind me, yet neither of us ever saw the other. Lots of pony tails and everyone had a green shirt. It's a challenge.
There were a lot of people along the course to cheer us on, as well as a lot of friends and family in the stands.
I've now officially crossed 'run a 5K' off my bucket list
I can't wait to do it again!
I brought my husband's small work camera instead of trying to figure out how to run with my big one. I'm a little bummed - the white balance is all off - but it did well enough to document the event.