Let’s get ready to run!! Here’s a re-cap of our morning…
Got the hubs’ and my stuff ready for our bright and early wake up call! Five AM came way too quickly for me.
We made it out the door and off to downtown San Diego by 6am!
Parking was a bear and we ended up having to walk about 5 or so blocks…our warm-up! The registration line was forever long, so I was thankful that I pre-registered us online and we were able to walk right up to the front of the line and get our bibs and shirts. After a quick potty break, we made our way to the starting line.
Couldn’t have asked for a better running partner! We had a blast running our first 5K together and have a feeling there will be some more in the near future. The “timed” runners were first in the shoot (see those orange things on our shoes, that was our chip timer)! We made it there about 15 minutes early and it was dang cold (made for a nice cool run though!)!
At about 10 minutes until start time I looked behind me and, “Holy Cow!,” there were a lot of people. You could definitely tell the ones that were their to “race-to-win” and I found myself getting a bit intimidated. I had to remind myself why I was doing this and that I was ready to run!!
After we made it through the mad dash at the starting line, the scenery on our route made for a pleasant run. It seemed like everyone and their mother was passing us, but considering the number of people running I felt we stayed strong and kept a pretty steady pace. The hubs said mile 3 was the hardest point for him, but for me it was mile 2…after we passed the 1 mile marker it seemed like forever to reach mile 2! My only frustration throughout the run was the skinny portions of sidewalk, which caused some “bottlenecking” and nowhere to pass.
The hubs was more stoked that there were free snacks at the finish line! We grabbed ourselves some water and oranges…the hubs helped himself to some Pop Chips and a chocolate muffin (so nutritious!). We perused the vendors while waiting to hear the results of the race and I found myself some delicious Starbucks green tea-lemonade. I also filled our bags with some hopefully helpful information about autism to send off to my sister-in-law.
Some more post-run snacks that I had waiting for us in the car (we had to jet back home to watch our princess Cailyn’s t-ball game, so there was no time to stop and eat!)
After a nice hot shower, an amazing dinner (made Mama Pea’s “Spaghetti Squash Casserole”…just subbed out the broccoli for zucchini!) and some Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies (made them gluten free/dairy free…just subbed out the flour with Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten free flour + 1/2 tsp xanthum gum, subbed out the egg for a “flax egg”, and used Earth Balance for the butter) for dessert, this “Wifey” is ready for bed!!