Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Green 6.2 Race Recap

I am so excited to have ran my first Texas race! I chose the Green 6.2 because it was a longer distance for me and it seemed like a great fitness challenge.
I love you Zeke!
Training: I started by building a good running base which to me it means running in the pavement at least once a week for at least 3 miles. I increased my mileage as race day drew closer. The most I ran before the big day were 5 miles and I rested the day before the race. I tried to eat my usual foods the day before the race to avoid gut issues. I got a lot of quality sleep because I wasn't as nervous which allowed me to rest very well the night before.
Race Day: My husband, my older sister and I left home early and headed to City Centre in Houston. The only time I got nervous was when I put my foot on the floor after we parked the car. I told myself: "don't get nervous, don't get nervous, don't get nervous" and that did the trick.
We did it! What a joy!
The Course: We ran the area around City Centre which is really beautiful. There were a few spectators along the way, mostly parents with small kids. We ran through Gessner Road which was pretty cool cause it goes all the way through my neighborhood. The course was very flat for this former Western North Carolina runner. If you want to PR, this is the race for you! I was thanking God the whole way for this amazing opportunity. Crossing the finishing line was a big party for me as you can see in this picture.
My photo booth picture 
The After Party: I tell some of my friends that I run for the bagels. Because there was no cream cheese in sight, we took our finisher medal, some cold water, a banana and headed over to get our finisher t-shirt. I love race swag because it's a reminder of this incredible accomplishment. The awesome organizers gave us free photos of ourselves through a photo booth, which was pretty cool. We also had a chance to check out other sponsor booths. We got a free tree in this race. I am yet to plant mine but the kids and I will take care of that today.
Conclusion: I will always remember the Green 6.2 race as my happy race. I have been running for 6 years, this was my 6th race where I covered 6.2 miles. It was also great to have my husband and sister with me to celebrate. We went to La Madelaine afterwards for breakfast. I wasn't too sore after this race, which was also good cause I had to keep up with the kids at home. I am looking forward to running other races and signing up for my next big challenge as well as helping others along the way. As always I am thankful for my family who kept my kids while I ran this race and I am very thankful for my husband Zeke who supports me while I train and complete every race! Almost forgot about telling you my Official Time, which was 1:05:28.3. I didn't do speed training, my goal was to be sure I covered the distance, so I was really excited to hear about my time.
Question: Have you thought about running a 10K? What questions do you have about the whole process? I'd love to answer them for you!
I did it and YOU CAN do it too!
Previous Green 6.2 Races:
• 2016 Recap
2015 Recap
• 
2014 Recap

Previous Races Posts and Videos:
My First 5K
WNC Run/Walk for Autism - Official Time
Journey to the Finish Line Part 1
The Human Race 2011
3 5Ks by July

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