After I ran the Jingle Bell Jog, which was part of the MCRRC low-key race series, I decided to join MCRRC myself! The club membership is only $35 for the whole year. As a member, all the low-key race series races are free! So as long as you do four, you’ve paid for your membership! Plus, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities and everyone just seems so darn supportive!
Yesterday morning, we loaded up and headed out to the New Years Day 5K. I haven’t run a 5K in a while, but knew I could obtain a decent time based off a training run John and I completed on Christmas day. There’s no time to be nervous for races when you’re taking care of a baby the night before, overnight, and the morning of the race, so you kind of just DO IT now. I find this refreshing, even if I am tired from teething baby antics. Thankfully John handled the worst antic last night, since he knew a little extra sleep would do me well for the race.
This low-key race was less than 10 minutes from our house, so I definitely didn’t want to miss such a convenient race. We parked the car and walked to registration together. I obtained a shoe tag and bib number to use for the entire year (no pressure or anything), and then we waited for the race to start! It was a little delayed today because more non-members than expected came out to run! So exciting to see so many people starting off their year in a healthy way.
I thought I had passed my friend Stephanie prior to registering, and as luck would have it, I found her when we were lining up to start! We ran a little over two miles together before I told her to go ahead. I developed a side stitch one mile into the race, which is completely unlike me. Honestly, the side stitch royally ticked me off. I’m confident I could have broken 30 minutes with Stephanie, along I am still pumped and proud of myself for completing this race with sub 10-minute miles.
The course was through a regional park with rolling hills. The volunteers were encouraging and plentiful. There was one water stop and a few port-a-potties set up at the race start/finish, along with bathrooms in the visitor center.
My side stitch lingered on throughout the day (odd?), but this race kept me in a wonderful mood all day. I’m so thankful to John and Xander for being the best support system and I love when we all run together on the weekends. Big thanks to Stephanie for running the bulk of the race with me and I’ll see you soon for more run!
Official time was posted last night! I finished this 5K in 30:48 for a pace of 9:55. I placed 238/366 overall, 77/164 for females, and 5/7 for my age division (hmm, perhaps my age group is a more NYE celebratory bunch?) I’m so pleased with my performance and this race. I’m thrilled to be a member of MCRRC and can’t wait for more races – the next one is January 12th!
I hope you all had an amazing New Years Eve and Day! I’ve loved having John home so often for Christmas and New Years; back to the routine today!
How did you kick off your New Year? Anyone else race yesterday?