On Sunday, October 30th I participated in the CHaD Trick or Trot 3K, an event in the Millennium Running Series. I had never run a 3K before – 95% of the road races I’ve done have been 5K.
Since I had been out late for a bachelorette party the night before, I was glad that the race was a short one… I wasn’t sure how well I’d run on feet that had been in heels all night, and on only four hours of sleep.
I wanted to test out my Kevin costume. ANY excuse to run around in a tutu and glitter… let’s be real, I never grew up in that regard. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any full-length pictures of my costume. But I snagged this selfie at the start line:
My original running buddy showed up to do the race with me. We got to the venue early and enjoyed walking around checking out the Halloween festival that was set up for the kiddos. Then we spent a few minutes watching some of the kids’ races – I couldn’t believe how fast some of those kiddos were.
Time finally came to line up in our corrals. My friend said she’d run my pace, but when I stopped in the 10:00-12:00 pace corral and she kept walking, I couldn’t help but laugh. When I reminded her that I’m not in the next corral up she seemed genuinely surprised. Uhhhhhhh… no. Not that fast. Not even in my dreams.
So the race starts, and it took a minute to cross the start line, and OH. MY. GOODNESS. There were so many people. I had to do a lot of weaving in the first quarter-mile… there were adults, there were kids, there were large costumes, there were giant puddles. It was a bit of a mess. At some point in the melee, my friend surged ahead of me and I just never quite caught up to her.
I haven’t mentioned yet that the first half mile of this race is essentially all uphill.
But these hills… they’re tricky bastards. I recently realized that hills are very much a mental game for me, so I forced myself to keep running instead of slowing down to walk. By the time I got to the top of the second hill, I wanted to die. But I kept going, because I felt so badass for running up all the hills, and because there was no way I was going to let a bunch of little kids pass me.
So I kept running, and there were a few more hills, but not nearly as aggressive as the first two. Eventually, it got to the point where the rest of the race was literally all down-hill… I really wanted to walk. The bachelorette party had officially caught up to me. But I didn’t walk. I ran.
I crossed the finish line, found my friend, and got in line to get my results.
We headed off to go find one of the restaurants to redeem our free beer tickets. On our way out, a woman handed us two more beer tickets – score!
When we got to the restaurant, I got an email from Millennium about the race results… mind you, I stood in line to get my results, but all I did was snap a picture and get out of the way so other people could get their results. I didn’t actually READ what the screen said. So when I opened the link to search for my bib number and pulled up my results, I almost choked on my free beer (which ended up being Angry Orchard hard apple cider, because beer=gross).
I ran a 10:35 mile. WHAT THE HELL?
Where did that come from?
How did I pull that off?
Did I read that right?
Yes, I did.
So I happily drank my two free adult beverages, chowed down on chili and fried pickle chips, and chatted with my friend.
Thanks to Millennium Running for another well-done event! I PRed, HARD. Seeing a time like that is super motivating. I wonder if I’ll ever see it again…
And for the record, the Kevin costume is a GO for the runDisney Enchanted 10K in February!
Featured Image Credit: borrowed from a friend on Facebook