Yesterday, we all got up and made it out the door by 6:45am to go watch my husband run in a new local race- Fairfax County Crime Solvers 5K. The weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Usually, in August, it’s hot, humid, and pretty much disgusting in our part of the country. However, yesterday, mother nature provided a cool, crisp, almost fall-like morning for us.
As we parked in the parking lot at the race site, I must say, I felt a little bit of jealousy that I wasn’t the one running this time. The weather was ideal for running a 5K (or, almost any distance, really), the crowds were minimum, and, If you’re anything like me, you know that feeling of “race day excitement”, and how it makes you feel. Adrenaline pumping, a little nervous, but, just plain old ready to line up and give it your best. I was there as the spectator, the cheerleader… This was my day to be on the other side of the ropes.
My husband does not sign up for races to place in his age group. Nor does he enter races because he wants to win medals. He enters races to run against himself. To see how much he can improve HIMSELF.
My kids and I headed over to the finish line around the time the lead male came in. 15:30 for the men’s and overall winner. Women’s winner was 17:30. Super speedy!!! We waited… My husband crossed the finish line with a chip time of 27:34! A brand new PR for him!! The last time he and I ran together a couple of weeks ago, his average pace was between 9:20-10:30 pace, and he was walking at 2.25 miles. I was SO SO PROUD OF HIM for believing in himself, and finishing his race, STRONG!
After the 5K, there was a free kids fun run around the block. Our kids were tired from staying up late the night before, and weren’t very interested at the beginning, but, saw some of their friends, and decided to enter. They each wore bibs, and lined up at the start.
Coming around the block, toward the finish line, we saw one of our good friends’ kids in the lead, and then, not far behind, was our daughter (our son was not far behind her). Seeing that huge smile on her face, and the fierceness in her eyes, made me smile. Even though she may not consider herself a “runner”, she IS a runner…. All of us that run, no matter how fast or how slow…We, are runners. Because WE RUN!