Fireball Classic 5k
Last night was the Fireball 5k and it was so much fun! The race was at 9pm and it was super hot and humid out so I was a little worried, especially because we went to a BBQ a couple hours prior where I got down with some veggie dogs and snap pea crisps. I had been drinking water all day long so I’d be hydrated but once I got to the 5k site my mouth was so dry. I had a glass of water even though there was still half an hour before the race started. I was scared to drink too much because a lot of people puke during this race due to the heat and humidity.
Greg & I took a photo before the race and then he took off to jog and warm up before it was time to start. I stayed put and hung out with Greg’s sister and waited for everyone to line up. I had two goals that night: to make it in under 40 minutes and to not throw up.
We lined up for the race as the sun was going down and the energy was amazing. There were so many people and there was so much excitement in the air that I couldn’t wait to get started! All of a sudden we hear the gun shot and it was time to go! It was slow to start at first, but soon the crowd thinned out and I was keeping a slow and steady pace and just trying to focus and not worry about the heat.
I hit mile one at 11:30 and knew I needed to pick it up a bit. I zoned out during mile 2 and don’t remember much of it except for hearing Gin & Juice playing on someone’s headphones. I look over and this older lady is jamming to that song and it was so loud! Haha! It made me laugh and I kept my pace with hers until we hit mile 3.
There were quite a few people passed out and puking on the side of the trail. Volunteers were pouring water over their faces and ambulances were speeding by to pick them up. It was crazy! I was so focused on all them that I didn’t realize I was right there at the finish line! I saw the police lights flashing by the finish line and I took off. I probably passed up around fifteen people and I was flying. My heart rate got up to 205 at that point but I was so hyped up I didn’t even realize!
I crossed the finish line at 35:41 and was so thrilled. I gave it my all, kept running the entire time, didn’t puke and there were cups of water waiting on us so I was super happy! I went looking for Greg and his sister and found out that he had finished at 22:30. I am so proud of him! He’s awesome :]
We were so happy (and sweaty). We hung around for a few minutes while Greg talked to some people he worked with and I grabbed a couple of pieces of watermelon which tasted amazing. It was such a great race and the next one I’m planning to do is a Halloween half. I have plenty of time to train and am already looking forward to it!Uncategorized | Tags: Greg, Running | 26 comments