Yesterday I ran the Memorial Day 5k with my sister Amber, and the ever so fabulous Ruth, Stefanie, and Julia all ran the 10k. I originally signed up for the 10k but my sister talked me into running the 5k with her and we planned to push her jogging stroller and let her baby James run with us.
I woke up Monday morning looked out the window and it was raining/hailing/snowing..who really knows what it was doing out there but it was wild. I knew we wouldn't be taking the baby out and decided to hit the gym for a quick 5 miles so I could just run the 5k with my sister. After debating for a bit over what to wear I picked Amber up and off we went. The car tried several times to take us to Target, RC willy, or just back to bed because neither of us were really looking forward to running in a down poor. Somehow we made it to the race with 5 minutes to spare before start time. We rushed to get our bibs and actually ended up having plenty of time because the race started 30 minutes late.
We lined up at the start and off we went. This was Amber's second 5k and I really wanted to pace her for a PR even though I knew she hadn't really been running at all. I think my sister is super women because she runs maybe 2 miles a week and can just bust out awesomely amazing times. Anyway she took off sprinting and I reminded her we had 3 miles to go and not 100 yards. We slowed down our pace and I ran ahead to snap a few pictures. (Yes I am guilty of running with my camera again. But I promise I was careful.)
|Amber is hidden in this picture but there is cute Ruth. We stayed together until the 10k split off from the 5k.|
|Amber in the pink. I make her practice smiling through the pain. :)|
Mile 1: 8:34
After mile 1 we split off from the 10k runners and kept moving forward. At mile 1.5 there was a hill for about a quarter of a mile. I told Amber to just keep moving her feet and we were able to pass about 10 walkers and joggers. She seriously blew my mind and bolted up the hill with ease. I must admit she made me feel kind of like a wimp. I think all those years of soccer she did definitely paid off because she scaled the hill like it was just a walk in the park.
|Running through the cemetery at mile 2.|
|Amber running strong.|
Mile 2: 8:52
After mile 2 the course was a gradual downhill to the finish. Amber had an incredibly bad side ache but just kept going. My sister is one of the strongest people I know because she did not slow her pace at all and was determined to finish strong.
|Finishing strong and about to pass that boy. :)|
Mile 3: 8:12
We finished in 25:21 and Amber set a PR by 2 full minutes with minimal training. Amber is so tough and pushed herself so hard and I could not be more proud of my amazing sister. We were both so glad we decided to follow through with this race and I am hoping I can get Amber training for a half marathon in the near future. Seriously if she starts training I think the sky is the limit for her potential. I am so proud of her for trying out a passion of mine and being so supportive of me and all my craziness. I will keep you all updated on her future running plans.
After we finished and I made sure Amber was okay I wanted to run back and help cheer on my friends. I had a lot of adrenaline going and just felt so excited to be there. I walked around with Amber for a bit and then told her I was going to run back and look for Ruth & Stefanie who were running the 10k. I knew Magin had already ran back for Julia because she bolted past me way before we finished the 5k. So I started running back and the first person I saw was Ruth. Not very many 10k runners had passed me yet so I was shocked to see her and so proud of her!
|Ruth is such a rock star.|
|Me looking like a dork and Ruth looking fabulous.|
I turned around and ran with her for about .75 of a mile. She was running at such a great pace and I was just so proud of her and so excited to be there to support her. I seriously just love running and races always bring out my true passion for the sport. One of my favorite things about running is the camaraderie and support and I feel so grateful to have such amazing running friends.
|Ruth running into the finish. Post baby PR! This girl is awesome and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her.|
|Julia running into the finish incredibly determined. She set a post injury PR and seriously amazed me with her progress.|
Despite the crazy weather this was seriously one of my favorite races and I am so glad I went through with running it. It was such a great way to start the day and a great reminder of the importance of Memorial Day.
|Magin, Me, and Julia after the race.|
|Amber, me, and Julia.|
Congratulations to everyone that raced over the weekend. I read a lot of great race reports and am so proud of everyone who accomplished firsts, PR's, or just got out there and exercised over the long lazy weekend.
Ever wanted to not show up to something and then gone through with it and ended up loving it?
I so so seriously considered not going to this race. It was a free race so I wouldn't have been out any money but I would have been out on missing this amazing experience.
Any advice to get my Sister motivated to run a half marathon?
Maybe if I post her training updates on the blog that would hold her accountable and motivate her. hmm