Monday, October 29, 2012

Race for the Cure

Instead of a half marathon update, this week I thought I'd share my Race for the Cure experience with you. Kris and I did this 5k last Saturday morning. Kris does it every year, and this year I decided to join him.

We had to get up at 6am, which is an hour earlier than I get up for work. The race didn't start until 8:30am, but we had to fight traffic and pick up our race bibs.

Race for the Cure in Knoxville has a huge turnout every year. This year was no exception. There were people everywhere! It took us 8 minutes to get to the start line! I wish they would've done a wave start, but oh well. I also noticed there were tons of walkers and not so many runners. It was very difficult to get past all the walkers during the race. Many times, I had to stop running because I couldn't make my way through the crowd. It was a little frustrating that walkers weren't more aware of runners. I tried to keep in mind it was for a good cause, but common courtesy goes a long way in my opinion. Kris is much faster than I am, so he went ahead of me, but he said he encountered the same.

Did I mention it was cold? It was freezing! When I reached mile 2, it started raining. 50 degree weather, rain, and running don't really make for a comfortable experience. By the time I reached the finish line it had stopped raining, so I guess it wasn't too terrible after all.

I finished the race in just over 36 minutes. So, I'm running about a 12 minute mile. Not too bad considering my training program only has me running 15 seconds out of every minute. I think I would've been faster if there hadn't been so many people. But, who knows? Good thing there's still 6 months until my half marathon.

Here are a couple of pics from Race for the Cure. What did you do this weekend?

I hate getting up before the sun
Before the race
So many people!
After the race
I don't know why we're smiling at 6:30am
Kris before the race

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