Say that 5 times fast.
Today was my first trail race! It was pretty exciting. I was nervous that I might fall and break something because 1) I have the weakest ankles on earth, and 2) I'm super clumsy (did I ever tell you about how I tripped over a tree root in a piggy back race and broke my arm?) Anyways, all that mattered was that I didn't fall and I had a good run.
This was my first small race. I'd say there were probably 300 people total between the tot trot, 1 miler, and 5k. The entry fee was only $20 and the money went towards a great local non-profit that put on the race, A Wider Circle. I'm not sure of my official time (no time chips), but my Nike ipod app said 26 minutes, 20 seconds. I don't even know if the course distance was exact, but it sure was fun (and a little muddy!).
Have you done small local races? It feels good to know that my money went to help someone else in need and that I got a great work-out from it (and let's be honest the free bagels/bananas/granola bars are what I do it for). It seems like most of them are 5k distances. I have a Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5k planned for this summer. Maybe when I'm finished running my first full I'll start training for speed, not distance. Considering I just ate an entire tub of fresh mozzarella and pesto on french bread, I wouldn't bet any money on it :)
p.s. - Government shut-down averted with one hour to spare last night! Thank goodness my trash is still going to be collected (DC isn't really a state, so our basic services use Federal funds and would have been cut-off). For a while though I was legitimately worried that our city was going to stink really bad. Okay, okay, I'm not trying to make light of a serious situation...just a little humor for the day ;)
p.p.s. - Go check out The Studly Runner. She has an awesome giveaway for a medal display for your all your race hardware.