Almost exactly this weekend last year, I ran in my first 5K race since high school cross country. I thought it only fitting that I run in the same race again this year, not only for tradition but also to see if I could beat my time from last year. Alas, the Cross Currents Fun Run was not being held again. Not one to despair, I found another race to sign up for: the Alpha and Omega Superhero 5K.
The schtick is that you’re supposed to dress up as your favorite superhero. Not having one, I made this awesome cape for lung cancer in honor of my mom.
I’m ridiculously proud of my cape (even if it was pretty easy to make) and even insisted on wearing it to Whole Foods after the race. 🙂
Given that I wanted to beat my time from last year (which was 29:57, for those of you who don’t remember those sorts of things), I was worried that the cape would slow me down. Then I remembered who I was and realized I wouldn’t be going nearly fast enough for the cape to actually create drag. I mean, who did I think I was? Jackie Joyner?
DB, the Littlest Brewster, and my mother-in-law all came out to cheer me on despite the terrible gray day and threat of rain. There was a “superhero training camp” that I thought LB could maybe do while I ran, but the DreadBrewer said it looked like it was for older kids. So they contented themselves with looking at all the crazy costumes and hanging out by the race course.
Funny story: About halfway through the course, you loop past the finish line, giving you a chance to wave to your friends and family. LB got really excited when I ran by and started shouting “Mommy! Mommy!” and then started crying when I kept going. Apparently the only thing that would calm her down after I ran away were Cheerios. Glad to know I’m so easily replaced.
And guess what? I actually finished the course in 28:13!!! That’s faster than my PR from high school! Who knew I’d be in better shape at 30 than I was at 17?!? (I guess the fact that I don’t smoke now to deal with my teen-angst over my oppressive suburban upbringing offsets the fact that I’m almost 20 pounds heavier and 13 years older now. ;))
Here are some pictures from the race. Pay no mind to the fact that I look like a tomato post-run. I always look like that after I exercise.
This was a really fun race and I would like to do it again next year. Hopefully I’m not like Kryptonite for races and they fall apart after I participate, but I doubt this race is going anywhere since it was the third annual. Fingers crossed it’s still around next July.
There is also a really cheap 5K race in 2 weeks in downtown Cary that I’m thinking about doing. Let’s see how fast I can go without a cape to slow me down.