Yes, I know that it’s May and yes I know that St. Patrick’s Day was a few weeks months ago, but better late than never amiright?
To be honest, everything about the race is a bit of a blur.
No, it isn’t because I waited two months to post the race report…
Well, that might have little bit to do with it.
I decided to drive to Lexington Friday after work and spend the night since it was is about an hour away and the race started at 7AM. I had plenty of Marriot points so the room didn’t cost me anything and we drive a Prius so almost no money on gas and I packed most of my food and only stopped for dinner. I was even lucky enough to score a room at the Residence Inn that was just a couple of miles from the starting line. As soon as I got to Lexington I went to the Habitat for Humanity store to pick up my packet and (more importantly) my first ever race shirt, then I went straight to the hotel.I got to the hotel with no problem and decided to take a long, relaxing bath to try and ease my nerves. Afterwards, I cozied up in the king size bed and painted my nails green (of course!) I thought for sure that I wouldn’t sleep at all, but before I knew it I was out like a light.
I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was the morning of the race. It also probably didn’t help that my phone (AKA my alarm) died in the middle of the night and I overslept by almost an HOUR!
A few of my FitNation buddies (who all live in Lexington) met me at the hotel a little after 6AM to help me get ready (meaning they brought me awesome socks, a green bandanna, and a FitNation t-shirt that matched theirs!) I had already brought my own beads and a cute little headband, so after their goodies I was ready to run!We all rode with Angela and parked outside of the Lexington Center, which was – you guessed it – right in the middle of downtown Lexington. Police had streets shut down and the whole area was buzzing with excitement. We had to walk through the Center to get to the starting line and as soon as I walked in the door I was completely overwhelmed by all the people. I had no idea that there would be MILLIONS of people (later I found out it was only 2,567 people, but it felt like millions!) I felt my face start to burn and my stomach begin to roll. I was sure that I was going to throw up before I made it out of the building. Luckily, the nervousness started to ease up as the time passed and I felt much better once we were outside in the fresh (albeit cold) air.I finally got to meet several other FitNation members, who I had only talked to on Facebook up to that point, and decided that I was going to stick like glue to Crystal (a newbie runner like me). The others went closer to the starting line and Crystal and I hung back with the walkers. I was completely terrified of being in last place, but having a buddy definitely eased my concern. I kept telling myself that it was only 1.9 miles and it would all be over in no time.
I will spare you all of the emotions that I was feeling because the list is just too long, but let’s just say…
I think I am officially hooked on running.
Crystal and I finished in a little over 33 minutes (17:44 pace) and I was ecstatic with that. I felt great the entire time and know that I could have finished much faster, but there was no way I was leaving her side. We only ran for probably a total of a half mile, but I was thrilled about that! Here are our results below:Of course I cried. Shocker, right?I’m so glad that I did this race before my “real” race next month. I didn’t want to do a 5K because I wanted to save that for me and my Dad at the Color Run. The amazing experience at the Shamrock Shuffle has definitely killed the fears that I had about the Color Run so now I can just sit back and look forward to it.
My Dad called me last week and told me that he did a training 5K in 46 minutes, so now I have a solid number to beat before June 7th!