The last thing in the world I wanted to do after work yesterday was go run a race. I wanted to go home, eat dinner, make a cocktail, read my book and go to bed. (Sound familiar?)
Alas, I had already paid for the race and told Bob I would go. He picked me up at 5:15 and we were off. We parked close to the finish, walked down to get our bibs, walked back to drop our bags off at the car (I didn’t get a t-shirt because I “only” registered a week in advance. BS!), and then we jogged to the start. I didn’t expect to know many people there, but I should have known better. I ran into several friends, including my buddy Tim who I hadn’t seen in forever.
My heat took off at 7:10 p.m. (late, because I am old now), and I just focused on going as fast as I could. I didn’t bring music, I just listened to my feet and my breathing. A mile never seemed so long, not even the last mile of a marathon. I hit the half in 3:05, and finished the race in 6:08, good for a 9-second PR! I thought I had a PR in me, so I was pretty happy. I do really want to go sub-6, maybe if I can drop this extra weight again, I will be able to in July?
Anyway, there was also a team heat, so even though I was second woman in my heat, I ended up being third in my age group. I won a sweet growler!
Why does it look like I have no eyebrows?
There was a beer garden but I cannot drink beer, so I snuck ciders in via a water bottle. They had gluten-free pretzels!!!!!!! I was so excited. Bob and I accidentally stayed until they shut the beer garden down (oopsy). And then we listened to Dashboard Confessional on the way home. Then Bob suggested we go to the brewery since it’s on the way home. TOTALLY unnecessary. But, so much fun. Tim joined us, and before I knew it, it was 10 p.m., and we needed to go home, haha.
As usual, I tried to sleep in today and was wide awake at 5:45 a.m., so I went to the gym for an hour of cardio, then walked the dog and then ran so many errands. It’s 1 p.m., and so far today I’ve done three loads of laundry, went to the grocery store, Fleet Feet, Target, the liquor store and the dollar store. I am tired. I had 10,000 steps by noon and I didn’t run today.
Now, it’s off to walk Miles, and then pack the car. We’re heading to WB around 4, I think I need to pack a roadie, traffic is going to be awful.