I haven’t run that many races since I truly started running. Last April when I ran the Angels Foundation 5k I hurt my siatica shortly after which shattered my dream to run a half marathon last year. I ran a 5k this past November and my pace was slower but still at a great pace compared to the rest of the pack. Now here we are in 2017 and I am determined to make this an awesome year. I’m getting married and need to make big things happen and sitting back is not going to get them done. I have big dreams and I won’t let anything happen to me.
One goal I have is to run some sort of race every month, preferably a non-virtual one; not that there is anything wrong with those just I want to get out in the public and run to meet people and run with my family. On Facebook I kept seeing an ad for The Great Chocolate Race Series in Long Beach, Ca. I wanted to do it because it was my last opportunity to run a race in January. I asked my family to run because I didn’t want to go alone and since we are an active family I knew one of them would come run with me. Yesterday, my sister Karlie and I woke up at 4:30am to drive 2 hours to the race. The race started at 7am and we got there earlier enough to get our bibs/trackers and get to the starting line. We kept saying we weren’t going to try too hard and just take it easy to see where we are at; in terms of pace and feeling.
We stated towards the back and as we started running and weaving through people I couldn’t stay slow and started to take off. The competitive nature came out in me and I was pushing to beat people and get past them. While I lost Karlie, it was nice that we could just run our own race and meet in the end. I finished with a time of 22:05. The position and placing was werid. I got first in the 25-29 Female age group. I also got 2nd female overall based on chip time (when my chip started counting), but since we were further back in the group I wasn’t second female overall since my “gun time” (the time based on when the timer started) was longer my pace decreased. I don’t agree with that, I think chip time is the appropriate way, but I didn’t want to argue. I was happy to just place in anyway. Karlie got first for her age group, 20-24 years. She used to run track in high school and college, and I was super proud of her. I was glad she was able to go with me and motivate me to run.