I feel it’s important to set goals and strive to achieve them. Today, I am celebrating because I set a new personal record in running a 5k while my husband and kids were cheering me on. What a feeling! It’s so rewarding to achieve your goal and to prove to yourself that you can do it.
The morning started off by sleeping in a bit, which was good except that I didn’t have time for my usual caffeine infusion. I so love Dunkies lattes! And to not have one before a race was very unusual for me. Nonetheless, we went off to the race in a beautiful Massachusetts town, psyched for the 1st race of the year on a beautiful day. The course was very nice – rolling hills through Dover. So there were plenty of impressive New England houses, new and old, along the country roads. I was surprised by my time at both the 1 mile and 2 mile marks and was concerned that I had started out too fast. So it became a mental game to keep pushing, especially in the quiet areas of the race where there were few runners and no spectators. I kept pushing though and it was so nice to reach the last section. I turned the last corner and saw Rob and the kids. Casey spotted me first and they started cheering. I sprinted toward the finish line and was shocked by the time on the clock. It still said 27 minutes. Then I noticed it wasn’t even about to turn to 28 minutes. As my personal record was 27:53 (last Fall), I was excited at the possibility of breaking my record. I pushed hard, completely forgetting my fatigue, and I finished in 27:30. Woo hoo! Good day. 🙂