Enjoying Life one RUN at a Time

Red Shoe Run 2015

For the past four three years, I’ve run the Red Shoe Run 5k. This race has a nice course, awesome atmosphere, and supports organ donation. It is amazing to hear so many different testimonials from people whose lives have been saved because someone was a match!

This year was special because my dad ran his very first 5k with me! I am so proud of him and thankful that he ran with me. He has never really run before, and in three weeks ran a 5k!

The only ‘bad’ part about this race is the time. 5:30 am on a Saturday is wwayyy to early…

I suppose that is all part of the experience though! Dad and I lined up about 5 minutes till race time and geared up for 3.15 miles. The Lord was so gracious in giving a beautiful day to run! It was 50 degrees and no wind! Could you ask for a better temperature?

After getting in line, we stretched out and took some pictures.

Thank you Abby, Emily, and Mom for the support and photography skills by the way!

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At 8 am, the race started! Dad and I quickly lost track of each other, but I did catch him just about at the half way point. He gave me another high five, which helped push me on for the second half.

I don’t know about you guys, but I always find 5ks a tough race. Maybe it is because I am competitive with myself, or because I just like to run fast, but I like to sprint the race.

This race, I was a little concerned with how I would do. I woke up a couple days ago with a sore knee and tight calves. I don’t like injuries at all, but knowing that I had a race made me even more anxious with how my 5k would turn out. When I arrived, I decided to just run to have fun and run my hardest, without risking injury that would put me out of half-marathon training.

I am so humbled to say that the Lord heard my prayers, Landon’s and my friends and I ran with hardly any pain!

My time ended up at: 22:56. A little longer than I wanted, but I was satisfied with that! (Please notice the barefoot runner in the picture. CRAZY!)

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The result of not drinking enough water before a race:

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That tasted great. Dad finished a little while after me. So proud of all his hard work! Run dad, run!

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After chugging some water, we headed to the award ceremony with quarters of bagels and bananas in hand.  I was surprised and excited to find out that I won first place in my age division!

35th overall/ 6th female/ 1st division /  20-24 Female/ 22:48.58 time/  7:21 pace

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God is good and I am humbled! It was such a fun morning and I am so thankful to have spent it with my family.

Looking forward to next year. We are coming for you!