When I went for my physical therapy yesterday afternoon my therapist said I should be fine to do it and taped my knee for some extra stability.
So we set out for the YMCA this morning, I debated back and forth between running with peanut in her jogger and leaving her at the child watch while I ran. After looking over the course I decided on the latter because there were not many side walks etc and I was unsure of how the jogger would do. I literally waited until 10 minutes before the race to drop her off because I am clingy lol but she had fun playing with the other kids.
Lining up there was about 220ish people entered in the race. Not a very big one but it was nice. We started out with a simple bull horn and I pulled out quick and fast. I was in the front of the pack with 5 other males and I felt good running and at the moment I decided I would try for a new PR. I did not have my music so it was a little different for me I had to focus and push myself. But it was nice not being bogged down by head phones! The first mile was smooth and I was the leading woman in the race. It was a pretty nice feeling being upfront and I liked it :)
Then after the first mile marker my competition came up from behind me and we were running same pace for a few minutes. It was the only other woman I had seen and she was beginning to break away and get in front of me. I tried my hardest to keep pace with her. The competitor in me came out right then and I set my mind to push my body a little harder and kept up with her. She was faster than me, she was smaller than me and as we were closing in on mile 3 there was a big hill. Heading up the hill my knee began screaming at me. I knew it right then and there that I would not be the first female finisher of the race. It stung a bit but I kept pushing because behind me I could see another woman who was probably trying to catch up.
So I kept running I pushed so hard my heart rate monitor was around 196 for the entire end of the race. That is a pretty high rate for me when I speed train it is usually in the high 180s so I knew my body was working as hard as it could. And as we came into the finish line area I began to smile I looked at that clock and it said 23:20 and I knew right then and there that I would finish this 5K sub 24 minutes!!!! I was beaming and waving as I crossed that finish line and I will post my official time here as soon as it is posted :)
I was the second woman to finish and I did place first in my age group so I am happy about that. As soon as I finished I raced to get my baby from the day care inside the YMCA so we could celebrate together. The women working there were amazed I was back so quick hehe I was in a rush to be with my peanut!
Here we are cheesing after the race :)
And we waited patiently for the awards!!! I got my first place medal and it felt so good!
Now I am home resting. My knee is slightly angry at me so I wrapped it up nice and good with an Arctic Ease cool wrap after I did my stetches and spent some time with my foam roller :)
Hopefully it is not too mad at me I have to walk for hunger tomorrow morning with my company's team! Needless to say it is a busy weekend for us :)
How is your weekend going?