4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love BBQ’s, parades, 5k’s, and the summer sun. It’s one of the only holidays that I feel like it’s totally fine to sit in a lawn chair and put your feet up. My brother Robb lives in the next city over so we woke up early and went to the Layton city 5k.
Here are Robb and I pre-race. Robb is one of my best friends. However, our sibling rivalry occasionally comes through as you’ll see in Wednesday’s post.
One thing that I thought was fun about this race is that the mayor started 200 meters ahead of the starting line. The first person to catch him won a season pass to the community pool. So when the gun went off all the men took off sprinting after the poor mayor who was waving an envelope above his head as he ran from the pack of high schoolers chasing him.
When I toed the line I scoped out my competition. Immediately a girl wearing a sports bra caught my eye and I had a feeling she would be my competition. Once the gun went off I started out at a conservative pace around 7:15. A group of girls took off running and I remembered the words my coach used to yell at the start of a cross county race, “don’t worry they’ll come back to you!’. Meaning, they will slow down and you will catch them if you stay consistent. True to Coach Reeders advice all but one of the girls came back to me as I steadily sped up my pace. It was the girl who was speeding down the road in the sports bra. I later learned her name was Val and I actually hope to do some training with her in the future. Just before mile 2 I started reeling her in slowly. By the last mile I was running 6:45 pace. I passed her hard thinking she would drop off but she stayed right on my shoulder. With 200 meters left I was starting to feel the pace. But when I heard her breathing behind me I slowly picked it up hoping she wouldn’t hold on. Luckily for me, she didn’t. I crossed the line right around 20:50 and won the race for the Women. I won a date night for the husband and I. VICTORY!
Here Robb and I are with my winnings envelope. The other picture is my new friend Val.
Honestly, it left me pretty wasted for the rest of the day. But like I said, all I had to do is sit in a chair for the 4th. Seriously, God bless America. I LOVE THIS LAND!