Another 5k this morning. This time with Elemental Running's "Love on the Run". It was a 3 race day in the Vegas Valley. Wish I could of cloned myself to support each one, but this year - I chose Love on the Run.
Once again, I did not run with a goal time, but to give 100% effort. That was a non-negotiable. I didn't want to wear shorts nor leggings, so I wore my running capri's. Not my favorite, but better than cold thighs.
The race started behind Fleet Feet Sports - Las Vegas and continued along side of Kellog-Zaher park. I can't say I dislike the course, but I ran this same course (different event) and came through at 27:00. Icky. So, I was not sure what to expect from it, this year - especially since I know it has a nice sized hill and up and down inclines quite a bit.
From the gun, I kept up with the 2nd place Male until Mile 1. First place took off and I swear he finished the race before we even got started. 2nd Place Male dropped back and another male passed me. I was in 3rd Overall and 1st Female. Okay...really weird.
My Garmin was all over the place with pace. My body could not make up it's mind. I just controlled the effort. As typical, those inclines and hills are not my friend. No matter how strong I get, my legs fail me on hills. Heavy sigh.
When I did the turn around, I was able to see how was behind me. Well, I didn't see anyone. lol Then, coming up about a mile behind me was my good buddy, Jill Whitaker (Jill Will Run). So great to see her running and doing so well.
I came into the Finish at 26 and some change. I was disappointed, but my son reminded me that I ran that same course at 27:00+ last year. Okay, a 30 second course PR. I actually felt great running, even though I felt myself slow down at the inclines & hills on the front end. My effort was 100% and I felt great.
I picked up my 1st Place Trophy (although, I felt silly taking a trophy for a 26+ Finish Time) and each Finisher received a custom tile with the race logo. Nice souvenir!
|Group photo of the 10k winners and 5k winners|
|Traditional post race photo with Ladybug's Ball|
|With great friends, Jill Whitaker and Sara Mooney (not sure why my face looks squishy)|
Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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