There was a kids race at 8 AM and then the 5k started at 9. I got there right before the kids race started and picked up my bib and shirt. I was able to see the kids run. I swear, they are all so cute!
I walked around some and checked out some of the booths. They had Belle from Beauty and the Beast and the local baseball mascot, Nutzy, as well as the VCU mascot. I have to admit I did stalk the VCU mascot some, as that is my alumni and I wanted a picture with him. I actually was wearing my VCU jacket and he got all excited.
I headed back to my car to put the shirt away and get myself ready for the race. I headed back and realized the bathrooms were inside, so of course I had to try and go. Once I made it through the bathroom line I stretched a little and headed out to the start.
There were tons of people lined up. There were no waves, so I just stepped in where there was room. The MC mentioned that there were 1000 people signed up. Wow, that was a lot of people. Though as I looked at the results and only 600 finished the race.
The race started out of the track area and on to the streets. I realized that some of these same streets are the ones that I have run over and over with my 10 mile route. Since I hadn't trained for a half or longer in a long while, I haven't been on those roads in awhile. It was nice to be on the same roads, but not be the same route.
I had only run twice since my last race, the Ashland Harvest 5k, where my knee really started hurting. By that race, I had worked my way up to a 30/30 run/walk. Since I seemed to have a set back, I went back to 30s run and 1m walk. My knee wasn't bad, but it was bothering me for the last couple of miles. The course was rolling hills, and my knee really did not like the uphills.
The best part of this race was that there were munchkins at both of the water stops. Yum!!
During the last mile we came close to the finish line. I even passed my car on the street. While I wasn't tired and my knee was holding up, I didn't like getting so close to the finish line without finishing. It was just a mental thing I guess.
I did finally get to the finish line and was happy to be done. I went over to one of the younger girls and asked if she could put the medal around my neck.
I grabbed some water and a donut and headed out. I had some errands to run and an appointment to get my hair cut. Then I went home and took a 2 hour nap. After working 60 hours this week, that was the treat of the weekend.