I am such a procrastinator! I seriously waited until the last day of 2014 to complete my 14th race. Not only that, I didn't even register for the race until the day before. Honestly, I'm not usually this bad at procrastinating. With the Spartan Sprint being postponed in Temecula in September, it throw off my schedule. My last race should have been Trails of Glory. So, I was stuck trying to figure out how and when to add a race to an already very busy end of the year schedule. I was going to settle for doing a virtual 5K, but I honestly don't love "virtuals" so I held off. Finally, it was down to the wire and I had to find something. Like I said, Dec. 30th I finally signed up for the Changing of the Year 5K put on by Jus Running. It's held at the historic Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas. It's a nice park with lakes and pathways, so it made for a pretty location for sure.
I am not a cold weather runner. I live in Vegas and we have pretty mild winters, plus if it's cold I run inside or change up my workout! I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to the cold. So, I was pretty nervous about the weather for the race, since all week the forecast was for snow! Brrrrrrrr!! I ended up purchasing a pair of fleece lined leggings and a beanie to cover my ears. The rest of the stuff I already had and layered!
On race day, we did have some flurries in the morning by my house, but the temps rose to upper 30s and the wind calmed down by the time the race started at 4pm too! My family came with me to the race, they too were bundled up. I did feel kinda bad for them because I knew that once I got running, I'd warm up, but they were just going to be waiting for me at the finish line. They didn't even complain about the cold. I love them so much for always supporting me. My children and husband are just too good to me! I also met a few runners before the race from my facebook running group, so that was super nice! It's always great to actually meet people you interact with only on social media.
I am not a huge fan of 5Ks because it usually takes me about 2 miles to warm up and find my running groove. I've only ever done a few fun 5Ks with friends like the Color Run, Bubble Run, and some trail 5Ks. My time for the trail races was not so good and of course, we weren't running for time on the fun ones! So, when the race started I wasn't going for any PR, I just wanted to give it my best, push myself to take off faster than my usual pace, and see what happened. I forgot to take a whiz of my inhaler before the race started, so 3 minutes in or so, I pulled off to the side to take my puffs and move on. A little after mile 1, I saw the first person heading back to the finish and that's when I realized how much I don't like out & back courses. I can see all the faster runners coming back and it's a little disheartening. It killed my spirit during the Wild Land Fire Awareness Trail 5K and I was starting to get that same feeling during this race, but I didn't let it creep in. This was my race, not anyone else's and I shook it off. I made it to the turn around and started to lose steam. The gap was getting wider between me and the small group I was behind. I'd also been having some calf pain all week and it was acting up. I slowed down a bit and even took a 10 second walking break before I took off running again. I knew I was close to the finish line and I really wanted to push myself to run faster. I saw my son at the sidelines and he started running alongside me. That was the best thing ever! And when I looked up a the timer and saw it was at 29 minutes, well that was just gravy! I ended with an official time of 00:29:24 with a pace of 09:28. I was 6th in my age group, 14th female, and 28th overall. Woohoo!! Not only did I finally get a sub 30, but my family was there with me cheering me on and supporting me. It's such a great feeling to have your kiddos say they're proud of you! I was so happy with how I ended my year of 14 races in 2014!