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My return to racing at the Dart Frog Dash 5K

I almost chickened out of this race. More than once. I had my race clothes set out on Friday night, ready to throw on Saturday morning in the hustle of getting 4 people out the door, really early, on a Saturday. Even on Saturday morning I told myself that I wasn’t running. I hadn’t trained and I had no business being out there on the race course. Then on the other hand, I had already paid the entrance fee and picked up my race bib. And it would be a great time to run at the Toledo Zoo. And I love running with Carah, even though she is MUCH more speedy than I am.

In the end I sucked it up and lined up with the rest of the racers at 8:30. Of course, with the morning rush I forgot to bring my camera, so I don’t  have any race course pictures, but the scenery was beautiful, you just have to take my word for it. As always, I like to wear the most annoyingly bright shirts that I can find, that way if I pass out on the side of the road, I’ll be easier to spot.

2013-05-18 07.25.04There were 2 miles outside of the zoo, in the surrounding neighborhoods and the last mile was inside the zoo. Of course the last mile was the most fun part of the entire race because spotting animals makes the running seem that much easier, ya know? When I was rounding the corner to the finish line I spotted Carah and Brady waiting for me! Carah told me that she beat her personal best time of 33:33, by around 3 minutes. I checked her official time today and she finished in 29:28, our girl crushed her PR by 4 minutes!  I am beyond proud of her!  I, on the other hand, had a personal worst, which I was expecting. I have not run a single step in over 4 months, so I was just happy I didn’t fall over crying halfway through the race.

2013-05-18 09.56.38My actual race time was 39:59, way better than my stupid 40 minutes. Even though it was a PW, I am proud of myself for not letting myself quit a mere hour before the race. I am proud that I ran and ran until my lungs were going to explode, then ran some more.
I am really proud of my return to racing. The racing bug has bitten again, and now that summer is here, Carah and I will be running a lot more races together!

Here is a cute race shot of Carah in her final mile…notice the adorable clothes she is wearing. Yeah, that running skirt is mine and that running tank is mine too. Ugh, I am not going to have any of my own running clothes pretty soon.
IMG_4312And here we are, a hot and sweaty mess after the race. I love this girl.
IMG_5201Did you race over the weekend?  Set a PR or a PW like Carah and myself??

  • http://chasinbunnies.blogspot.com Lisa

    I like your shirt! Good job getting out there and doing it!

    • http://therearetwosides.com Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides

      Thanks! I got the shirt at Target in the girls section, it is an XL, their stuff is cheaper than the adult stuff!

  • http://runningonwords.wordpress.com Sarah S @RunningOnWords

    I’m so jealous that you got to do a 5K at the zoo! I wish that was being offered here!

    • http://therearetwosides.com Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides

      It was pretty cool to be in the zoo for a race! I think I am going to have to do it again next year!

  • TechChick

    Hi! I’m pretty sure I got a picture of Carah on the course early on… I was taking a picture of my son and she was right next to him! I was super impressed too – my son ran the entire thing (he sometimes walks a bit) and finished in 30:35! Great job kids!! Anyhow, I’ll check on my camera tonight and send you the pic if I have one. I ran with my son, and then I ran the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday. That was a HOT mess. Marathons in May are not as enjoyable as the fall. It wasn’t a PW for me, but certainly not the BQ I was hoping for. Oh well, there’s always the next race….

    • http://therearetwosides.com Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides

      He finished in a great time! Yeah, I’ll take the picture if you have it! I can’t believe you ran Cleveland the next day! That is the great thing about racing…there is always another one to redeem yourself at!