Tales of the Finish Line #4 | Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad 5K

When I arrived at the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad 5K, I was like: “Finally! Nice weather!!!!” After the previous 3 having the extremes, I was ready for actual spring weather. It was so pretty, and Point Lookout State Park was empty, and quiet. I ran with my cousin, Katie. It was a run or walk, so people had their dogs and strollers. It was low-key, and just the way I like it.

Oh! And I came in first for my age group and got a special little medal!!

xoxo,
~MessieTessie

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Tales of the Finish Line #3 | 11th Annual Leatherneck 5k Run

Race #1 : Cold.
Race #2 : Hot and Humid.
Race #3 : 11th Annual Leatherneck 5k Run/Walk … Cold, Wet, Windy.

I was worried they would cancel this race, but nope….hosted by US Marines. I arrived crazy early because I didn’t know if I needed to head to the place they held packet pick up the day before or if race-day packet pick up was at the course.  It was at the course, and I arrived before the people holding the event finished setting up.  It was raining, the wind was screaming, and it was so cold.

The local kid’s running club was attending, and they led some stretching before the run and it was adorable.  Running, was not as adorable.  My underwear decided it was going to be a thong, and was so uncomfortable.  There were some really young children running with or just ahead of their parents, and they would do things like randomly stop to tie their shoes.  It was actually sort of funny until one did stopped in front of me, and I learned that I can stop pretty quickly if I need to! On the first half of the course, the wind pushed you along.  On the second half, it made it feel like you were on a treadmill and made it so hard to breathe.  I’m 99% sure the only reason I ran the last 0.25km to the finish line was because I realized I had heated seats in my car.

Post race, I soaked in a hot bath and drank as much hot tea as I could convince my husband to bring me.

xoxo,

~MessieTessie

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Tales of the Finish Line #2 | Historic St. Mary’s 5K

Race Number Two of 2017 was the Historic St. Mary’s Half Marathon and 5K Race.  The complete opposite of my first 5k of the year, this one was HOT. I got there early, picked up my bib and shirt, then retreated to my car for some quiet and oatmeal.  The Half-Marathon was much more popular than the 5k, so it wasn’t too crowded or noisy on our part of the course. It was humid and the wind was not blowing, so I was soaked with sweat pretty quickly and miserable.

We ran through the college campus and into Historic St. Mary’s City. I’ve spent alot of time walking, driving, and hanging out around this part of our county, but I had never really run it, by myself, on a quiet morning.  Despite being miserable, I was enjoying it, too.

Right before the finish line, the college’s cross country coach high fived me, and I nearly broke into tears of joy.  I was sooooo over this race about 3 strides into it and it was finally done. Thankfully, at the finish line they handed us water bottles wrapped in a wet, cold washcloth.

Post-Race, I went home, got a shower, and nursed my sunburn.

xoxo,
~MessieTessie

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Tales of the Finish Line #1 | 22nd Annual Run/Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s

My first race of 2017 was on a weirdly cold April morning. (It was like 34°F.) My cousin, Katie, and I were running the 22nd Annual Run/Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s. Over 300 people came out to run or walk to the 5k, and over 100 people there for the 10k.

I was trotting along, my fave running jam came on, and I was doing great!
Then…a wild hill appeared.

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Uphill winded me. When it comes to running, once I lose control of my breathing, I really struggle to get it back. I’m actually quite proud of the fact that while the hill winded me, a quick walk and repeating my fave running jam, and I was back in the game!

The post-race Starbucks Grande Soy Vanilla Latte and a cup of my favorite siggi’s yogurt was amazing.

xoxo,
~MessieTessie

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