Let the Races Begin

Nick and I registered to run the Valley Ranch Pumpkin Dash 5K as part of our half-marathon training, which took place this past Saturday.  When I got home from New England last week, Nick was sick as a dog and It lingered all week long.  He was worried that he would struggle through the race and I was worried that it would make him worse, but after a restless Friday night for the both of us, due to Nick coughing all night long, we got up at 6:30 in the morning and got geared up to head to our first race.
Nick is SO thrilled to be up for this race.  And my iPhone gave him scary glowing eyes in this picture.  (I took it three times, and they all came out the same)
I’m a little more awake and ready to run than Nick at this point.

We made our way to Irving, TX and picked up our registration packets before the race began.  We got there pretty early and were just hanging out for about 45 minutes before our race started, but we got to watch the 1-mile fun run.  There were some really adorable kids running in the fun run.  I wish I had pictures, but I had my iPhone all tucked away in my arm band.
Nick snapped a picture of me before our race.  Surprisingly, I was actually kind of nervous for the race.  It was our first one and I had a horrible 3.5 mile run the night before.  I was hoping this wouldn’t be another repeat of the run/walk/misery episode from 12 hours ago, but it ended up being fine.  There was a nice breeze for part of it and Nick and I kept a good pace together for the first mile and a half before his cold started to catch up with him.  I’ve been using the Nike+ GPS app when I run, which tells me how far I’ve gone and my average pace after every mile and when the first mile was announced over my headphones, I was surprised at how fast we were going.  Granted it’s not fast by a strong runner’s standards, but my average pace has dropped right around 2 minutes per mile since starting the half-marathon training 4 weeks ago!
Here is the map of the race.  I haven’t spent much time in Irving up to this point, but it’s a nice suburb of Dallas with lots of canals that have trails running along them.  I don’t know if I’d ever want to live there, per say, but the water is a nice feature, even if it is man-made.  Anyway, I made it through the finish line and came in #6 in my age group.  Granted there were only 17 women in the 25-29 age group, but I was so proud of myself.  I was certain, I would be at the bottom of my age group, but it was a nice surprise to see that I did well for my age group.
Nick was not to far behind me and I was able to cheer him on as he ran through the finish line.  He was such a good sport, doing the race while under the weather.  Hopefully our next race together both of us will be in good health and I’m sure Nick will out-run me then!


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