Monday, September 25, 2017

Run to Walk 5k With Now I Can

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was very rainy and cold, but it was still good. I had my Now I Can 5k race on Saturday and I want to share about that with you today.

I woke up Saturday morning at 6:00 because I like to make sure I am awake and that my body is awake by the time the race starts. This year the start was at 8:00. I knew it was going to be a chilly morning so I dressed warm.  I haven't really used these pants (that I got when they were still called running tights and not leggings) since high school, but since I've been running in the mornings and Utah decided to get cold fast this year instead of gradually ease into things, I've been wearing them again.

We got to the race just in time to get warmed up and line up for the start. Usually, I'm there a little earlier so that I can get to know the area, but it was cold and Trevon and the kids came to cheer me on (which I was so happy for. Races just are so much better when you have people you love come with you to run or to support) so we spent as little time as possible in the cold. It was only 40 degrees! Some people really love running in that temperature, I'm more of a 60-70 degrees kind of runner. I don't like to layer and I don't like to see my breath while I'm running. I like to be very comfortable in a tank top and shorts while I'm running. We are getting to the point in the season when that temperature isn't a possibility to run in anymore. 

I've run this race a handful of times. It's been a couple of years though since the last one because they normally have this one in the spring/early summer and it landed on the week before I had V. I didn't think they would want to deliver a baby in the middle of the race so I didn't run it haha. But this year it was a different course than the previous years. We have a lot of river trails around our area and they did the entire race on the river train in out and back form. So that was a fun change! And it made it really easy not to have to worry about police officers stopping traffic for you.  They had the race very well marked with not only signs at every turn and along the course, but they also had really great, friendly volunteers cheering us on and making sure we were headed the right way.  They even had a mini water stop at the halfway point which is pretty different for a 5k!  The course was also pretty even with up and down hills but mostly flat. I did have a little worry about the course getting congested since it was an out and back but that didn't happen at all, at least from what I could tell. The only down to this course was that the river train sometimes has a lot of bumps and cracks in it. So watch your step around those parts so you don't trip. I didn't finish with a PR but I also wasn't expecting to. I haven't raced in a couple of years and it was COLD. (I know I keep saying that but it was really cold, and that affects my running and not in a good way most of the time) But I was happy with how I did.  At the end, they had donuts and hot chocolate (I'm not sure if there is anything runners like more than donuts after a race...or any other kind of "junk" food) and lots of fruit. They also had some games and balloon animals for the kids while everyone was finishing the race and then they had prizes for the top 3 women and men overall and winners of the age groups. And they also had a raffle afterward.  Every dollar that people spent on the raffle (and the proceeds of the race) go to the Now I Can foundation which is a foundation that helps disabled children reach their greatest potential which you can read more about HERE

If you're in Utah County and are looking for a good race, I'd suggest this one. It's a small race but it's for an amazing cause and it's so fun.  They don't hold anything back.  (I took this picture in the mirror because the camera on my phone changes the direction of the words on selfi mode...then I realized that the mirror does that too (smh))

Who had a race this weekend?

Has fall started for you yet?

What is a race that you run every year?

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