Yesterday was the Run Your Heart Out 5k in Reston. I signed up for it a while ago, knowing that I had a 22 miler to tackle the day before and that it would be falling on the last day of my highest mileage week ever. So I really truly wasn't ever planning on racing it. When I woke up yesterday morning and felt good, I considered it but quickly talked myself out of it. It was freezing, icy in spots, crazy windy and hilly. I really didn't want to risk getting injured over this race and wanted to just enjoy being there with my sisters and good friends. Best decision ever. It was SO much fun!
We arrived at the race about 20 minutes before the gun went off. This race starts and finishes on the South Lakes High School track (our track) so we ran around the track for about 1.5 miles to warm up. Only ... there really was no "warming up" about it. We were still freezing cold! I was all decked out in my pink and red but couldn't bring myself to take my black jacket off. Oh well. So much for being festive. Meghan Ridgley won that prize - she was adorably Valentine-y in her amazing tutu. And she won the race, too!
|at the finish|
I will definitely run this race again. It was my idea of a great celebration of the sport I love with the people I love. The only thing I would have changed about this race was the weather - I wish it had been just a *little* (ok, maybe a lot) warmer. I will have to work on that for next year!