Last Saturday (like, as in June 15! seriously where did time go?!) I ran the Miles against Melanoma race. My mom and I decided to run it, kind of last minute. I knew I wanted to run it for a long time, but we just kept forgetting to register. Literally, registered a half hour before it closed!
The race began at 9, so we left our house a little after 8. We knew we had to get our bag, and check in, so we left ourselves plenty of time. We managed to find a parking spot not too far away, and walked to the registration tents.
Registration was a nightmare. We stood in line for over 20 minutes and only had about 5 people in front of us! The volunteers (totally not their fault!) had to find everyone’s name on a spreadsheet, then search for the bib number in a pile, and then find the tag for your shoe. On top of that, none of the bags were prepared so they also packed those and handed them to you at that time. It was extremely confusing, and totally unprepared. When we finally got our things, the line for H-M was out of control. It was about 8:40 at this point, and I knew they wouldn’t be done by 9:00.
This was only the 2nd year for the event, so there wasn’t too much happening. There was a stand with bananas, water, and some snack bars. My mom actually loved the bars they had, so we snuck a few more than we probably should have!
One perk of running the race was the shirt! The t-shirt they gave out was a Dri-Fit, which I was extremely excited about getting, until I put it on. I ordered a small, and it definitely didn’t feel like it. It was extremely long, and just big and loose. Not perfect for such a hot day! My mom ordered a medium, which was huge, so I told her I would give her mine and make a tank top out of hers! I think that would be cute
Once arriving at the start and doing some stretching, the announcer came on and said we were good for 9:00 start. Well, that didn’t last long. We waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually it became “3 minutes until we start,” “4 minutes until we start” “30 seconds”. None of which were ever correct. We began at 9:17. Seventeen minutes past when it should have started.
I’m not going to lie; this made me pretty angry. I was also in a rush to get over to my new house and start painting, and being delayed like this was just aggravating. I guess I don’t understand why we couldn’t start on time and those still registering start later?! Your time only became official when you crossed the start line, so what did it matter? I’ve been to numerous races where that is the case.
I wasn’t the only one mad about the late start time.
Regardless, I started out my run with my mom! I ran at her pace just taking in the sights and just enjoying the run! There were numerous kids also running, and I would slap their hands and cheer them on! I loved seeing young kids out there running races
There were also numerous families running it in memory of other family members. One shirt I really loved reading was this.
I got a kick out of it, and just loved it because my uncle did die from melanoma.
This race was a down and back race, but it wasn’t cramped at all. At the turn around, I needed to run fast, so I left my mom and took off. I really enjoyed pushing myself and passing other people. I ended up finishing in not such a bad time. I believe it was less than 27 minutes, and that was the time on the screen, and I didn’t start near the front. I wish I could find my exact time, but it is not easily found on the website! Upsetting.
After finishing my race and taking a short walk, I started running again to find my mom! I wanted to cheer her on and finish with her
I didn’t cross the finish line again, but I did get her to push herself, and she finished in less than 30 minutes! I am so proud of her. She hasn’t been running too much lately because it just hasn’t felt fun to her, but she really pushed herself and did this race with me! Knowing it was for a great cause made all of those errors on their part worth it.
And because it is…
Here’s a new workout for you to work those legs! Complete each circle one time. If you are feeling like you want a challenge, complete the leg portion 2-3 more times before moving on!
Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, I am guest posting over at Melissa’s blog! Make sure you check it out 😉
Favorite moment of a race?
Do you like running with people or on your own in a race?