Monday, August 31, 2009

Run for the Red 5K

So, a week later, I finally have the opportunity to write about the Run for the Red 5K. Put on by the American Red Cross in Fayetteville, this course was KILLER! You start off going up a very large hill... then down another... then a steady incline up another hill until you turn around and do it backwards.

Not only was the course pretty hardcore for my first 5K in a while... but the heat was almost unbearable! It was around 80 degrees at 8 am when the race started... and the sun did not let up. The race also had its own iss
ues with check in, cold water, start times, etc., but I am sure that only really bothers people who are in it to win it. It takes a lot to organize something that big, so I applaud the leadership for taking on su
ch a daunting task!

Here is a picture of some of the people I am training with! Valerie is in the middle and Cheryl is on the right. I wish I could have gotten a picture with all the team members that ran, but alas, I did not.
I would have to say the highlight of the event, for me, was the slice of free pizza from one of the local pizza establishments. It was AWESOME!!!!

I forgot to mention. I finished the race in 37:46 which is A LOT slower then my normal pace. Not sure if it was the heat, or the first hill, but this Sunday, I finished 4 miles in 41:33, so i'm definitely finding my marathon pace!