But as you have seen with most of my posts so far this summer, I have been checking in here rarely because we have been so busy!
The Firecracker 5k was a local race I participated in on Independence day this year. This was my third time doing the race. I did it in 2003 & 2012 as well. It was only an 8 minute drive to get to the start. There was also a kids Fun Run that was a mile long before the 5k started.
We got there fairly early and got registered. I received a race tee with my entry fee (only $10!!!). The kids fun run was free and it was first come first serve for the kids to get a tee. Unfortunately Noah missed out.
Pinning on the bibs
My friends and I waiting to get started
Noah waiting nervously
Poor guy was so nervous! I went over to him and
he said, "I don't want to do it anymore" in a really low voice.
I gave him some encouragement though and he was ready to go!
Here he comes!
Pretty proud of himself
My little guy, Elijah, is not to that point yet so he stayed on the sidelines with my mom and some friends and watched his brother.
Entertaining my mom with funny faces
The temps were quite high - 90s - and the humidity was around 70%. Suffocating.
When the 5k started at 8:30 I started off next to a couple of my friends and then followed them for most of the race. I was trying to get under 29 minutes at this race.
Here we go!
It didn't happen.
It was so hot. However, I did do better that my time at the Mother's Day 5k this year. So I was happy about that. I finished in 29:43 which is a pace of 9:33. I was happy with that effort since it was that hot out.
End of the race; tired & hot
Now what would that have been equal to with perfect conditions? Maybe close to a 9 minute mile...
The support staff was great, the run was fun and well organized. At the end of the race there was a huge sprinkler set up and water was provided.
I love doing our small local races. There were only 237 participants - fairly big for our area - but so much fun, and you run into a bunch of people you know.
After the race we went and watched the parade. I was a hot sweaty mess, but spending that time with my boys was fun no matter what. Seeing the excitement they get from the fire trucks honking, the old rifles being fired, and antique trucks revving their engines was great.
Waiting for the parade to get started :)
Looking at the civil war reenactors firing their guns
Sitting with my boys :) Got my race tee on!
Hope you enjoyed the recap!
Have you raced lately?