I’ve been battling a sinus infection since Friday morning. I woke up with a clogged head overnight and felt terrible come morning. After going to the doctor and getting prescription, I practiced my teams Friday night and went to bed.
Saturday morning already I felt better. After the two matches for my teams, I came home and took in some college football on Television. I did some cooking with my younger son helping, enjoyed dinner in front of college football, and then fell asleep with my younger son at 8:30. I went to my own bed at 9:30, dosed with Nyquil, and didn’t get up until 7:30 the next day. I rarely sleep more than 8 hours so this was uncommon!
Today I felt a lot better. I still rinsed my sinuses this morning and drank some tea to help me breathe. I got to the race site with about 20 minutes before the scheduled start and did a 1/2 mile warm up from the car to the race starting line.
The starting area of the race was confusing – it was unclear which direction we were supposed to go as we lined up. As always, it would help to have more signs and a race director with a louder bullhorn. That’s a common race start problem – a lack of volume on the start.
I went out quickly – and was quickly ahead of all of the other starters and started building distance. The first mile went by in about 6:30, and I stayed on pace from there. With a route twisting through the Vickery subdivision, I didn’t see much of the race until we doubled back and I saw runners on the outbound leg.
I came down the hill to a great reception from the crowd and my family in Vickery Village. My first ever overall race win, and my new personal record 5k – 20:20.
After that, I got the pleasure of watching my two sons run a 1 mile fun run. Aidan (age 7) finished in 7:59 and Evan (age 5) in 8:49. I was really proud of them both for how they finished the race – at a sprint!
I had to leave before the awards to get to the start of my soccer game at 1:30, but Mandy stayed to claim my first prize – A free pair of shoes from Johns’ Creek Running Store Fleet Feet Sports! That’s the best prize I’ve received to date for running a 5k.