So I guess you are wondering how my 5K went? Well I cannot remember the last time I was so nervous over a race, if ever. I had worked myself up so much I almost felt nauseous before it started. It was the first race I ever started in the front and that was sort of intimidating. I knew I had to hit it hard when the horn sounded. And I did. I went faster than I really thought I would or could. It was an odd feeling really. I had such an adrenaline rush that about a quarter of a mile in to it I felt shaky and knew I had to get it together. I saw the first mile’s time clock as I approached and it said 8:12 and I could not believe what I was seeing. I finished my first mile around 8:27 and was exhausted. But I was still going on adrenaline so I pushed forward. Mile 2 had a good downhill that I was looking forward to and hoping to pick up speed. But I was already fatigued and pushing harder even downhill was just too much so mile 2 was just a little slower than mile 1. Then there was mile 3…oh mile 3. My big hill that I had to conquer. But it conquered me. I had to walk just for a brief moment two times to catch my breath. I knew if I did not walk for a second I would never last the rest of the race. As I start walking I hear my sweet friend behind me tell me to keep going and not let her catch up with me. It was a small push but it helped. I made it to the top and went as fast as I could possibly go. I could see the time clock with a tenth of a mile left to go. And I had to chance to get a sub 27 5k. But I just could not. I felt sick and did not want to embarrass myself or gross anyone out when I had to vomit on the side of the road. So I will take my official time of 27:04. I am so proud because I did it! I went beyond my goal and proved to myself that I am even more capable than I think I am. I really did not know what I would do today. I knew I had to ability to PR but just didn’t know if today would be the day. I have so many friends that encourage me and support me. We are a great group and really are family. And seeing someone come that is not even racing just to be there for us and cheer us across the finish line makes it even better. We are very lucky to have such a group of wonderful people.