On Saturday, I ran in the Get to the Green 10K. This event is known as the largest road race in the Midlands and is part of the St. Pat’s Festival held in Five Points of Columbia, SC. This event started at the Maxcy Gregg Park and finished at the St. Pat’s Festival on Devine Street.
I picked up my race packet at Whole Foods (my favorite store) on Thursday after work. Nothing fancy about packet pick-up. There was no expo, so I was pretty much in and out (except for the shopping 🙂 ).
As always, I got my stuff all ready the night before the race and laid out every thing for in the morning. I was in the bed by 8:00 pm and felt really good and ready for race day.
Once again, I woke up before my alarm went off. The weather was absolutely horrible. I think it rained all night and it was still coming down; hard. I was not looking forward to running in the rain. Yes, I train in the rain, but actually running a race in it, before today, I could only imagine. Oh well, I knew it had to be done and I was ready!!! It’s funny how I let the weather get to me, so much so, I forgot to post my race day selfie….I was trippin 🙂 . From here on out…rain or shine….I’m going to shine regardless. WINNING!!!
I headed out about 6:30 am so I could meet Black Girls Run! (BGR!) Columbia and Team Red, White and Blue (RWB). Let me tell you, it’s awesome having a running family and I’m extra lucky because I have two!!!
This was my first time ever doing a race in the rain and let me tell you, it was not a great run. One would think that the rain would make you run faster. Not in my case. I felt over dressed and I just wasn’t feeling the ‘run’. Every race, I’m usually excited and hyped from all the energy flowing. The weather really put a damper on things that morning. My energy was off. But I still showed up…I just wasn’t sure if I was going to show out 🙂 . When the run started, it was only a light drizzle. Ok, not bad. I had my rain jacket on but it wasn’t comfortable (it really wasn’t a rain jacket…it was an over-sized wind breaker). Note to self: pick up rain gear for running. Around mile two and a half, I stopped to take my jacket off and tied it around my waist. Why did I do that? After the next half mile, the rain just started coming down harder. Oh well, I refused to stop again…so I just finished the run soaked.
This was my third 10K race to date and it was a personal record (PR). Not bad considering the gloomy weather. I was able to cheer some of my sole sistahs and team members from RWB on as they crossed the finish line, but I didn’t stay around long. I got a one mile cool down in by running back to my car. All in all, this was a great route and I would recommend it to anybody just wanting to get their feet wet with a 10K.