|The clock on Boji Tower. At this point we were still a half an hour early for the race.|
|Downtown Lansing architecture|
|Posing in front of the Capitol before the start|
The first stretch of the race was shady and comfortable on Capitol Ave. Then we turned onto Washtenaw Street, and that's where this race got real. There was no shade on Washtenaw or the rest of the course until we looped back onto Capitol (the race did the same loop twice). It was sunny and brutal. My first mile I ran in 7:50, a very fast mile for me. The second two miles were not so fast.
|A half hearted/exhausted wave when I saw my husband.|
|Look at that view (the Capitol - not me)|
I'm enjoying running some 5ks and getting better at a shorter distance. It's also quite fun to do a race and not feel sore and tired afterward. I do enjoy doing a race in Downtown Lansing, but I wish the course had explored more of downtown instead of doing the same loop twice. I find loops to be tedious and kind of boring.
This race did help me realize it's always important to take a little time to enjoy the place you live. Look into the windows of shops in your downtown. Frequent the restaurants. Have a cocktail. Visit festivals and other events. And if you have a 5k, run it. Bring your kids, your spouse and your dog(s). It's your town. If you don't enjoy it, how can you expect anyone else to?