Last Sunday I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, my first ever 5K. I was supposed to run in the women only 5K, which started at 8:15, and then there was a co-ed 5K at 8:30 and a 5K walk at 8:45. I got stuck in traffic and got to the race right about 8:15. I thought I could still make the co-ed race at 8:30 but first I had to wait in line to pay for my parking and I had to pee SO bad. I was worried I wasn't going to make it (pay, pee and get in line by 8:30). I finally paid for the parking and started looking for the nearest restroom. They had a bunch of port-a-potties set up near the start line but there was a long line for those, too. When I finally got done and back to the start line, the 8:30 co-ed race had already started and they were already sending off groups of walkers . I wasn't sure if I'd be able to still run or not so I asked someone and they told me I could still just jump in and go. But I had to weave my way through the crowd, and finally got up to the start line and took off, all by myself. Well, there were like two other guys that took off right before me but they were way ahead right away. It was kind of weird. But I soon caught up to some walkers and from then on there was always other people all around, walking or running.
It was really fun. I really enjoyed running through downtown Seattle and the Belltown neighborhood. I hardly ever go into the city anymore and it brought back so many memories of my single days.
My goal was to run the entire thing (no walking), which I did, even the hills, and come in under 40 minutes. My time was 37:48.
Paul and the girls didn't come, which was fine with me. We would have had to drag them out of bed way earlier than they normally get up and rush to get everyone ready. Or if they would have come seperately a little later, they would have had to pay a ton to park (I already paid $10, then they would have had to pay another $10 or hunt around forever for somewhere cheaper-just not worth it). So I didn't get any pictures since no one was there to take any.
It was really fun. I'm probably going to do the Turkey Trot here in our neighborhood in November and try to beat my time, but after that I don't plan on doing many more races, at least until I'm back to work (race entrance fees being an expense we can do without right now).