Monday, June 7, 2010

Houston Heights 5k

Okay, so last week I heard about a 5k that was going on downtown from my weights class instructor. I looked it up and I was able to sign up for it (2 days before the race... haha).

I am so glad I did it! I am definitely NOT in Utah anymore!! It was so humid and the air was just so dang heavy!! It was 85 degrees at 7:30am too! Anyways, the race started off with the national anthem sung by an older lady. Am I an awful person if I thought it was really painful to listen to? It was just awful. Oh well. It gave me something to smile about the entire race. Shame on me.

Anyways, the horn sounded and I was off! Believe me when I tell you that I went WAY too fast my first mile. I wasn't nervous or anything, I just went into this race thinking "It's only 3 miles, I want to see how fast I can really go". I ran the first mile in 7:45. Talk about speedy- for me anyways. Then I slowed it down because the heat was seriously taking its toll on me. I finished in 25:41! Not bad at all. I am really happy with this. If it was cooler out- I could've seriously knocked it out of the park! Heh, the best part was the age groups. If this race was a few weeks ago when I was 24, I would've come in 3rd!! I shouldv'e lied about my age! Haha... I ended up coming in 13th in my age group. I am NOT in a college town anymore!

So, some news. after thinking a lot about the Houston Marathon in January, I think I have made up my mind. I won't be doing that specific one. I actually found another marathon in the area on January 1st. I am really excited about it. It's the "Texas Marathon" and it's still in the Houston area (Kingwood). It's a smaller marathon. The cap is at 450 people (300 marathoners and 150 halfers)! One great things- it's CHEAP! I'm going to register and it's $55! Still expensive, but compare that to what I would be paying if I ran the Houston one! It's a Boston qualifier too- not that I will qualify or anything, but I at least feel like it's legit :-)

The best part about it: it's on a Saturday. I HATE marathons that are on Sundays. I know there are times you can't avoid it- but honestly. Religion aside, the next day is Monday and I would rather run on Saturday so I can rest the legs on Sunday before going back to work on Monday. It just makes sense to have them on Saturdays. If you work on Saturday, chances are you had at least a few months to request time off, right?

Anyways, if any of you are in the Houston area you should really really look into it. Click here to check it out! I am really excited!


Suzy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't imagine running in TX, it's too darn hot and humid!

Tricia said...

We totally need to train together....virtually :)

I live in S. Florida right now, I grew up outside of Austin and am moving back there in August. Shoot me an email, I'd love to talk:

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on your marathon choice and good luck with the training!