I stalked the weather all week
and it said that we were going to have thunderstorms pretty much all day on Saturday. A few of the girls at school told me they weren't going to come to the race if it was raining. I encouraged them to still come and told them that running in the rain just adds to the fun! I would be running with two of my students who are sister and I knew they would be there rain or shine!
So on Saturday morning I was fully prepared to run in the rain but surprisingly it ended up being a beautiful morning and there was not a rain cloud in sight. The Start/Finish line arch was set up in the church/school parking lot. Since the arch said Start on one side and Finish on the other, I assumed that is were we would start. Turns out I was wrong.
|Everyone's bib had the #1 on it.|
As we started, the first mile was all uphill, I thought this was an awful way to start out a race, especially since it was most of the girls' first race. I was so proud of my girls though because even though it was tough, they ran up the hill the entire time.
After the first mile, we came to a water stop and that is where we lost one of the sister I was running with. She is one that needed a little less encouragement so I knew she would be okay running the rest of the race on her own if we didn't catch up with her. I stayed with the other sister and encouraged her to keep going and that she was doing great.
After the water stop, we decided to do a run/walk. We were running through some farm land, so I would say " okay, lets walk till we get to the cows, then we'll run again". I had never done a race through farm land so it was funny to see people stopping for selfies with cows and sheep!
It was hot out and I could tell my buddy was getting tired so we continued the rest of the race with a run/walk (which it seemed everyone else was doing as well). When we turned back into the parking lot, we ran the entire way and I told her we were going to run as fast as we could till we crossed the finish line, and that's what we did! It was so fun to see her run so fast like that cus I had never seen her run like that before! One of my co-workers had finished before us so she even got a cute video and this picture of us finishing.
The bummer was that there were no medals for the girls as they crossed the finish line. I had heard that morning that the medals did not come in on time and that we would have to distribute them to the girls at school in the following days. I don't think the girls knew that they would be getting a medal so none of them were disappointed. I was definitely bummed because getting a medal at the end should have been part of the whole experience and those girls didn't get to experience that.
In all, it was a great day and the weather couldn't have been more beautiful for a race! The course itself, was not ideal and I certainly would not have wanted to run it as part of any other race except for GOTR. -M
Since today's word is Encouragement, I thought writing about the GOTR race would be perfect for Deb's word of the day!