Sometimes I doubt myself a little too much. I felt really unprepared for this 5k which took place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. I was uncertain of the course and elevation, but knew it was hilly terrain because I grew up about 6 miles from the park and had visited the park before.
The morning of the run wasn't too great in our house - my husband wasn't feeling well and I had crazy nerves; I felt like a student who woke up to find out that the final was that day and didn't study.
But I knew this was for a great cause - colorectal cancer - and so my nerves had to be put behind me and many of my personal bests were achieved during this race.
As the race began, I had Scooter's Jump That Rock helping to pump adrenaline through me and over 200 of us were off running. We did a quick loop, about 3/4 mile, and then a volunteer was directing the runners onto the dirt trails. Yes, trails...sand, dirt, grass, through the woods, up and down hills. And at that point, I couldn't turn back so I just had to trudge forward. First mile, I hit at 11:50 - my fastest mile to date. The second mile was about 25min & crossing the finish at 41:05. My best 5k yet.
I was quite proud of my accomplishments during this run. Running on pavement is what I am used to. So to hit personal bests while running trails and especially trails that are uneven was awesome.
A definite proud moment of 2011!