Hey, guess what? I ran the whole thing!!!
That was a completely unexpected surprise. I was not planning on running the whole thing, but once I got out there and going there was no stopping me. Let me back up...
This morning was the annual Reindeer Run 5K at Sea World. Actually, it was technically only a "3 miler", but at the end, my Garmin said 3.09, so I'm calling it a 5K. Anyway, a group of us does this race annually, and we always dress up in some kind of festive headgear. This year I went all out and did more than just head gear...
Festive holiday top, knee socks and reindeer ears...I was ready to rumble.
I met up with Amanda and Jade bright and early, and we made our way over to Sea World.
There were a ridonkulous amount of people there. Way more than last year, I think.
As far as the eye could see was people. It was crazy! Anyway, I didn't really have any expectations for this race. I was pretty sure that I was going to do my intervals for this race, since that's what I am used to, but part of me was like "maybe I should try running the whole thing." But then I remembered struggling yesterday during my 4 minute running intervals, so I started to doubt how far I could run without pooping out. From there I quickly decided, nah, just stick with the intervals. (a lot goes through my mind early in the morning, apparently)
Once the race started, however, I made a decision to not even look at my Garmin and just run based on how I felt. If I needed a minute walk break, I'd take it. If I didn't, I'd keep going. Simple, yes? So I started running and before I knew it, I was passing the 1 mile marker, still running. Go me, I could do this. So I kept going. I was also going at a faster pace than normal - in the 12's, which is fast for me (shut up). Shortly after the 1 mile marker we finally entered Sea World (the first mile was in the parking lot).
|Yeah, that little kid beat me|
It was so neat running through the park. I don't go to Sea World often, so it's nice to see a new park for a change. And it was all decorated for the holidays, so it was very festive. They even made it snow in one part of the park! Neato!
And then I felt it was time for some running self portraits. I'm getting better at these.
|Wait, not ready|
Judging from my face, I was feeling super good with the running and just kept going. I was really impressed with myself. I was running longer and faster than I had in months, what is with me?!? First salad, now running. Hey, maybe it was the salad last night that propelled me ... ? More scenes from the park...
There were times in the race that I was feeling tired, like I wanted to walk. But I kept thinking to myself, if I stop and walk I am going to be disappointed with myself since I have come so far. So I just kept going. And soon, I saw the finish line. I couldn't believe it, I was almost done! I had run an entire 5K without stopping, something I hadn't done in a WHILE. Like 8 months. And my time ... my best time in years. My last 5K time was 41-ish minutes. Today's 5K - 37:41. What what!!!! I'm not sure if it was the adrenaline, or the awesome outfit I was wearing, or the fact that this race was at Sea World and just uber fun, but wowee, I'm so excited!
Afterwards, I waited for Jade and Amanda to cross the finish line and then we made our way out to our favorite part of any 5K - BREAKFAST. YUM!
What a wonderful way to start off my Saturday! I seriously want to do like 5 more 5Ks before the end of the year to see if I can keep this momentum up! Woohoo!
OK, gotta jet. We're on our way to Epcot! Two theme parks in one day, fun stuff! Have a great Saturday!
Questions for you ...
- Have you ever surprised yourself in a race?
- Ever run through a theme park before?