Hey they friends! I hope you had a great weekend and a great start to the week. I spent most of my weekend preparing for a test I had yesterday but managed to sneak in my first post-baby 5K! My PA school cohort got together to run the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K in Savannah on Saturday.
The Get Your Rear in Gear 5K is a race where the proceeds go towards colon cancer research and prevention. My grandmother is currently battling colon cancer so this cause was extra special to me. Colon cancer is often preventable or highly treatable when individuals undergo regular screening. This race helps to raise awareness to that fact. Chris and I loaded up the girls bright and early Saturday morning and headed down to the race start.
There we met up with other members of my class to get ready to race. Fleet Feet Savannah helped put on the race and you could tell because it was so well organized and ran smoothly. We did start a bit later than the 8AM start but that was ok. The course itself was through the neighborhood. There were police escorts at the major intersection and a water station about half-way through. I ran with various classmates throughout the race and had a blast!
Photo courtesy of a classmate.
Overall I felt pretty good during the race. My goal for this race was to hold a 9-minute mile. My 5K PR is 25:30 and I knew I wasn’t ready for that yet but wanted to feel strong. I started off easily at 9 minute miles and then started dipping down into the 8s. I definitely started to hurt near the end but pushed it in to the finish. My time? 27:07 for an average of 8:45/mile.
I am SUPER happy with my time. Bryn turned 3 months old on Friday and I am thrilled with where I am in my running only 3 months after having her. I am even happier with it since the last 2 weeks have had minimal exercising due to a crazy schedule. I would LOVE to PR my 5K this year and this race boosted my confidence. One of the highlights? Running into Victoria at the start and finish!!
The Get Your Rear in Gear is a national event so you should definitely check to see if you have one in your area. I am already looking forward to participating again next year