My fourth race this year (my fourth race ever) was the Barking Frog Summer Night 5k. I was looking forward to this evening race all summer, but as it got closer to the date, the summer heat and humidity kept climbing. I am a new runner, and running in the heat is a struggle.
|The heat and humidity made the run very very hard, and the thunderstorms|
happened as I crossed the finish line.
|So excited to use my "new" Garmin during the race.|
I love gadgets, and it's just one more toy to use when I track my runs :)
|All ready to go!|
The whole race was a struggle for me. I was hot and sweating even before the race started - it was that hot and humid out. I did a lot more walking during the race than I have ever done in a race, but I went with how I felt and figured it was better to finish the race on my own two feet than to be carried out on a stretcher (someone did leave via ambulance I was told later).
As I was running the last half kilometer, I could hear the thunder booming behind me (good motivation to keep moving faster). I was lucky that it started to rain only as I was coming up to the finish line (you can see rain drops in the pictures if you look closer enough). Right after my finish ( I can say I was not last, I was slow, but not the slowest), the heavens opened up and there was a giant downpour and lightning. My family and I had blocks to run to get to our car. We made it safely, but totally drenched (which felt awesome after running in that heat).
|Crossing the finish line.|
My next race is in August, and it is the Colour Run. I am so excited!! I have never done a colour run (or anything like it), so I am not sure what to expect. It should be fun, both of my daughters are doing the run with me - both the runner daughter and the non-runner daughter :) :)