I started 2012 off with a race! It was a very small local race. Only 700 people….after my last race with 20,000 people it felt very small, but it was nice to do my first run of the new year with a bunch of other people. The start was surprisingly fast although crowded and then the course took a turn onto a local trail which was very crowded. At the halfway turn it was still pretty packed but in the second half people starting spreading out some more. It wasn't my best 5k time but was right around the pace that I consistently train. In the coming weeks I would like to focus more on speed.
There was a little excitement during the race when as we were going through an intersection one of the volunteers directed a van to go through the intersection at the same time. A couple of us yelled at the volunteer and luckily the van stopped. I was so close to the end and all I could think about was finishing so I kept running and hoped that I wouldn't get hit.
After the race there was sooooo much food…I had to remind myself that I had only run a 5k and certainly didn't need to eat one of each item that was there. While eating we sat near the finish line and supported our fellow runners. I always try to give support to others…at almost every race I've done I've heard strangers cheering for me at the finish line….so I like to pay it forward.
I'm looking forward to a great year of racing. I'm hoping this is just one of many….but shhh….don't tell my running buddy.