Well hello there! I know, I know… It’s been quite sometime since I last wrote. Lately, I don’t know where time goes. We’re already more than a week into July which means we’re already almost halfway through summer. WHATTTTTT.
While you were all sleeping in after a fun and patriotic 4th of July celebration, I ran the Fiddler 5K in Smithville, TN on the morning of July 5th. My family decided to go to Tennessee for this years 4th of July and spend it with some family that we hadn’t seen in a long time. It was a blast. We did everything from visiting downtown Nashville, to boating on Center Hill Lake. Once I knew we were going to be in Smithville (which is where Center Hill Lake is) for the 4th I started looking for a 5k in the surrounding area. Little did I know, that Smithville plays host to the annual Fiddle Fest and Jamboree! In a nutshell, the festival is everything you would think a small town festival would be. Tons of vendors, a country bluegrass music competition and even some fried green ‘maters!
Ok so the race…
Unfortunately, my foot is still hurting. It’s more of a dull pain now rather than a shooting pain. I’ve got an appointment with a podiatrist this week so I’ll update you on that later. Also, I was pretty sunburned and didn’t get much sleep the night before because of my new little cousin crying through the night (which I knew wasn’t his fault). SO, I was going into this race a little tired. The first thing I noticed was that it was a small race. MAYBE 300 people ran it and I was not used to that. The Laguna Hills 5K had easily 1000 people running so it was quite a difference.
Mile 1- The air horn went off and we were ready to go. It was actually a little chilly at first and I was so happy it wasn’t humid. Running in humidity is like breathing through a straw. The first half mile was a huge downhill slope so naturally, everyone was barreling down that hill. Back when I ran track, I learned that runners have to take hills slowly because slapping feet on the downhill slop can be killer for your knees, so I took it slowly.
Mile 2- The first mile marker came pretty quickly actually. I have this nifty knew Garmin watch that tells me my pace, heart rate and distance and I LOVE it. I’m going to have to get used to not looking at it every 3 seconds and try to tune into my body. It’s going to take some practice. The 2nd mile was HOT. We were running through this pretty country road past an old cemetery and then we turned a corner and there was a huge field and a flat road. Boy, it felt like forever to get through that.
Mile 3- The water station! After that super hot mile 2, the ice cold water they were giving out as we passed by the local fire station was a gift from God. And then of course, the last half mile or better was a GIANT HILL. Why does this keep happening!? Is this the new trend with 5Ks? This is exactly what happened with the Laguna Hills 5K in May. I powered through it but I knew I had slowed down. Trying not to look at my watch, I could start to hear the ringing cowbells and cheers so I knew I was almost done.
Final 5K time- 31:23
I’m not mad about this time considering the fact that I was so sunburned and functioning on maybe 5 hours of sleep. All in all, I’m so glad I ran it. ALSO, this was the first race where my Mom and sister were with me! It was so fun having them there. I’ve officially run a race in the state of Tennessee and I’m hoping I’ll be much better rested for the next.
Today’s advice: Be brave with your life.