This evening I enjoyed a 5K run with one of my best childhood friends, Becky (she may join us as a guest blogger soon)! It was a first for her so it was a lot of fun for me to be a part of her experience. We lucked out with 80-degree weather and fairly low humidity. Personally, I had not run a 5K for at least four years. Her husband said something along the lines to me of, “oh you probably won’t even work up a sweat after this race!” Well I was a little sweaty at the end, but it was a nice change of pace to be finished running in 30 minutes versus ahem four hours or so.
A 5K run serves a lot of different purposes–I think of them as a tune-up of sorts as they help to shake things up when you have not been running much or you can use them as opportunities to work on your speed. And for others a 5K is where to start if you are just getting into running. We all have to start somewhere after all. This race for me was an opportunity to run with my friend–something we had never done together until this spring unless you count our attempts in middle school to do the mile run together for the physical fitness test each year.
We saw some interesting folks at the start–the “elites” if you can call them that in a 5K were doing a little pre-run. One guy was shirtless with his bathing suit and barefoot shoes and another went so far to run barefoot the entire course. I snapped some discreet photos of him (hope his timing chip still worked).
The course was a super hilly course–I think the hilliest one I have ever run. It zig-zagged among some neighborhood blocks in Arlington, Virginia so basically we went up a street, then made a left to the next block for a downhill stretch and then turned again for another uphill battle. Clearly they needed to stretch the course out somehow without blocking too many roads so this was the way to do so.
As we neared the finish line we could hear the band kicking up in the background. A moon bounce entertained my friend’s nieces who served as great cheerleaders for us. There were lots of families out and about to enjoy a great neighborhood run and ring in the warm running season ahead! Congrats Becky on a job well done on your first race! Hope it will be many more for you.