Boy, weekends sure go fast! They go even faster when you are busy! I started the weekend off with a 5k organized and hosted by the Brandon Running Association. Outside of the yearly Gasparilla run (in Tampa), this is the closest run I’ve done by my home! And when I mean close, I mean 2 minutes from my house! This was the 35th Annual Shamrock Classic 10k/5k/1 mile Fun Run. You all know I am a lover of all things St. Patty’s Day, so let’s do this!!! 🍀.
The racing conditions were perfect…68 degrees by start time. We started (and finished) at O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Grill
Again I was star struck because I finally saw Amanda from Cupcakes and Miles! We were running and I thought I recognized her and so I just ran up and said “Hi!”. This was unlike last Saturday when I saw Keira at a 5k in Winter Haven (FL) and totally flaked out! Amanda ran the 10k because she’s awesome! SN: if you aren’t following either one of their blogs, do yourself a favor…do it! We said we really needed to get together when we are racing locally so we can at minimum have a photo op and a chat!! Next time, Amanda!😉
I raced on Saturday with a heavy heart for a friend of mine. She’s going through some tough times and I really just ran and thought and prayed. I didn’t focus on my pace or time;didn’t focus on the course; I just was some place different mentally. I have to say, I need to run like this more often. Focusing on something else, someone else instead of my selfish me! I was blessed with a PR this race…43 seconds faster than last Saturday! I’ve been “preaching” about just enjoying the run and the process of getting back and it truly happens. I wouldn’t want to have to have my friend go through what she is going through, but obviously when you just place your focus elsewhere, you can be successful! I even feel selfish being happy that I PR’d!
I placed 6th in my AG, which made me happy. Of course I have no idea how many where in my AG (probably 6!),but I was happy to be there. It also means that I can place somewhere, maybe even higher next time! #psyched
The post race fare was great…the usuals (bananas, pretzels, bagels, PB) and hot food (pasta!!). Then of course….beer! I didn’t partake this time because Hubs and I had a date and I had to get going. Next time, BRA! It was a great race and I am excited to participate in another BRA race. They have a 5k in December to add to my list.
How was your weekend? Any PRs?