Bartow Turkey Chase!

Today I ran my second 5k ever. It was a great run!! Registration was from 630- race time. Chris didn’t want to get there “to” early so we left around 6:15. I got up at 5. I ate some oatmeal, took care of the dogs and just did whatever around the house. We left at 6:15 and got to Bartow around 7ish. I was nervous, again. Not to sure why I get so nervous, I know no one really cares how i’m running or is watching me, besides Chris. It was a small race. Maybe 100 people.

My only complaint was the course was marked off in 1/2 mile increments… which is fine, but I couldn’t keep track, i couldn’t remember if it was the 3rd 1/2 or 4th 1/2.. it would have been better if it said 1/2, then 1 mile, 1.5, 2 miles, but no it was just 1/2 mile. Oh well.

I actually got to see Chris during this race, the last race I didn’t get to see him at all. He got a few pics of me.

and my finish! I was super excited he got a picture of me with the time clock! Awesome!
1st in my age group!!! Holla!!! This was so exciting! Chris & I were standing there watching the awards and they get to my age group 20-24 (i’m 3wks from being 25)… so i was at the tippy top of my age group… They said “and in 1st place in the 20-24 with a time of 26:30  (i looked at Chris and i said “Holy Shit, thats me”)…. Jena H…”   WOW! I was shocked..
So I PR’d today! I was really really really excitded about it! I can’t wait to run my next race. I’m going to register for a Santa run that is also in Bartow. Woohoo!!

My longest run yet…

On Saturday, Chris and I went to a new trail that I found online. It’s the Auburndale Teco Trail, off of Berkley road. It was a pretty nice trail. There was quite a lot of shade for the first 1.5 miles, then after that the shade tapers off and it was just hot. They have trail markers etched into the trail- which sucks if you aren’t looking for them. I didn’t notice them until I got to 1 mile, then i saw the 1.5 mile …. good to know, I hate carrying that bulky Garmin. Can’t wait to hopefully get a Garmin Forerunner 305 for my b-day. 

I ran a total of 3.6 miles on Saturday, which is my longest run yet. Not really impressive when I think of all the other girls I know that are running in the double digit runs… but i’ll get there. I didn’t run today (Monday), going to run tomorrow. This getting dark by 6 thing really threw me for a loop. I have to figure out where I am going to run, i need a place with street lights- uhm yah, no where in D-port has street lights! I have thought about wearing my fishing headlight, but that thing drives me bonkers when I fish, I can’t imagine running w/ it on my head. Hm.

I am going to register for my second 5k tomorrow! The Bartow Turkey Chase. I’m excited. I decided that I can only do one 5k a month for budgeting reasons. This one is only $18, the first one I did I think was $25.  Crap! I just looked at the 5k I was going to do in DEC and that joker is $35..hmm I think i’ll find another one. It was the NTC (national training center) 5k… I think i’ll find a holiday one or something. Maybe even register for my first 10k… 6.2 miles. I think I should be ready for that by the end of December!

Good night- I have to get back to my homework now. Boo