Laura’s Run

Last weekend I ran a memorial 5k, Laura’s Run, hosted in honor of a 16-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver. This run was also a free run.

I was very impressed overall. I know that hosting a 5k costs money – a few thousand at least – and considering that they did not charge the runners, they did a great job. They had plenty of (donated, I’m sure) water, juice, and granola bars. There was plenty of parking. The race was hosted at a community college, so there were also plenty of INDOOR restrooms. (There were also many many boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts. Temptation!)

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The course was not bad. It was a particular road that doesn’t have many intersections and thus didn’t require many police officers to monitor. There was a pretty significant hill at one point on the course, which definitely slowed me down a bit.

Also, it was an out-and-back course on a windy day. The “out” portion was not bad, but the “back” portion was into the wind. Yikes!

I was super pleased with my kick at the end of the race. I can’t explain what goes on in my head during a good kick – it’s almost like my mind transcends running. The only thought in my mind is “GO!” I was able to get a good little bit out of my legs, and I’m sure that knocked a few seconds off my time.

When I crossed the finish line, I’m almost positive that the announcer calling out runners’ names called me “Emily”. Between that and my untimed adventure at last week’s race, I wonder if the universe is trying to send me a message. 🙂

It was self-timed, so no chip timing. According to my GPS/clock, my time was 41:11. Great time and a great way to spend a Saturday!

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