This morning was the perfect morning for a 5K race. God gave us absolutely beautiful weather. I was especially excited this morning because my entire family was racing. Myself, Skye, Alexander, my husband Tony and my baby boy Rane all did the race. Tony even pushed Rane in the stroller. The race was set on the beautiful trail in Branford, Florida. This trail is where I first started training for my marathon and to be back running on it was very enjoyable for me. The trail is also right next to the beautiful Suwannee River and Ivey Park so it was a really pretty race site.
The runners assembled at the start line. The bell rang, yes a sweet bell no gun, and we were off. I started off at a 6:40/min average and I began to slow a bit to try and just relax in my pace and push harder each 1/2 mile. My pace stayed between 6:50-7:00/min mile the entire race. The weather that was so beautiful quickly began to change to hot, then very hot. Thank goodness that most of the trail was shaded by big beautiful trees. It was an out and back course and it felt like it took forever to get to the turn around, but in reality it really went by fast. I think when you are running that fast of a pace, and it hurts a bit more than usual, time tends to stand still. I think this happens so you can cherish the pain that you have endured and appreciate the finish line that much more. 21 minutes and 45 seconds after that sweet bell rang I crossed the finish line, OVERALL FEMALE RUNNER. What an awesome feeling. It was even more awesome because my family and my running team where there to share victory and to help find a cure for this disease. So proud of Step Fitness Racing Team.
Racing for a Cure for Duchenne! Loved being in my home town racing.
Top three women and second overall male plus several first places and a couple of seconds.