It was Fall Festival weekend! I love our little town’s yearly festival… granted, it would have been even better if we had some fall temperatures…but, sadly I don’t get to choose 🙂
Liam and I started the day off at 6:30. We got ready and headed into town for his fun run and my 5k. Liam constantly tells me he is fast and he is! He was leading the charge for awhile and right at the end he lost his fire and got 3rd. We definitely have a sprinter on our hands! I can’t wait to see where track takes him in a few years. He was upset afterward and had a stomach ache, but it quickly went away and he was ready for some donuts!
Immediately after his fun run, it was time for my 5k. I was a little nervous because I hadn’t been training like I should have due to being injured. My goals for this race were to 1) finish in under 40 minutes and 2) run the entire race.
When I began running the first time, years ago…I told myself I was never going to be an outside runner. I would run on the treadmill forever. And I’d definitely never run a race by myself without having a friend right next to me. As always in life, things change. These days, even though I still use my treadmill, I generally don’t run on it. I prefer running outside. And yesterday, even though I lined up with a friend, I ran my own race and I was by myself. Guess what?! I didn’t die! I can run without someone to talk to… who knew!
Even though I ran by myself, I was surrounded at the start line by lots of people I knew. I love running in a hometown race for that specific reason! We have a great group of runners here and they all push me to be the best runner I can be. Thanks to Kathy, Angie, Heather, Danita, Tracy, Debby, Erin, Julie, and Sarah. You guys always make me feel supported and encouraged. Some of you are crazy fast and it makes me want to be better. I love that we have such an awesome running community here!
This 5k was a tad bit easier for me (until the hill…. I’ll get back to that!) simply because I train on these roads and I knew when I crossed the finish line there would be people who knew me cheering me on…I rarely have that! I did end up running the entire race… even through the water station. I also ended up spilling a ton of water on myself, but hey….I kept running! I felt like I was killing it until I started up Washington street and remembered our 5k ends with a huge uphill, thus Top of the Hill 5k. I was spent… totally spent. I didn’t think I had anything left in me to get myself up the hill when out of nowhere I hear Chris Brown say, “Amanda…. you can do this! You are crushing your time!” He came back to the bottom of the hill (he finished in something ridiculous like 21 minutes!) and ran with me to the end. I think at one point I said, “Chris…I can’t do it!” He assured me I could and I kept putting one foot in front of the other. Thank God for Chris Brown. My Chris was at home working on house projects so it was nice to have someone there to give me that extra push. Thanks, Chris…. I truly appreciate what you did!
I finished in 30 minutes flat (my watch said 30.13.) My previous 5k time was 36 and some change, so I’m thrilled with my time. I’m certain I can’t pull that off every time, but it felt good yesterday! Friends….I started out with 15/16 minute miles and now I’m regularly doing low 10 minute miles. If I can do this, you can too! Don’t let fear stop you from chasing your dreams!
After the race I worked the Cub Scout booth for a couple hours with Renee, then judged the Chili Cookoff, and walked in the parade. It was a busy morning, but I had a great time.
After the parade, I finally got to go home and take a much needed shower. We headed back up to the festival around 4 and the kids rode rides for over 3 hours. Maggie, who was scared of the Scrambler at first, rode it over and over all night. The kids had such a good time. They even convinced Chris and I to ride once. I forgot how fast it went! All in all, we had a great weekend. Let’s bring on Fall!