The race began in front of the Lansing Center on Michigan Avenue. It was a relatively small race, but that was nice given that it was largely run as an out and back on the narrow Lansing River Trail.
I love the River Trail. It's 13ish miles of fantastic trail that is perfect for training. I do most of my long runs on the trail, so this felt like a normal training run with several hundred of my closest friends. After jockeying around at a bit of a tight start the race the crowd thinned out as we got to the trail.
The race was relatively quiet (the river trail isn't conducive to lots of spectators), but having run miles and miles on the trail I was comfortable and the course was fun. After a week of brutal heat in the Midwest it was the morning of bearable running temperatures. It was fantastic.
As I neared the finish I saw my amazing husband, who had completed his first ever 5k without me, waiting to take photos of my finish. It motivated me to charge the final hill and finish strong.
|All smiles seeing my husband.|
It wasn't my fastest 5k nor my slowest. After a strong finish we headed home where I logged a few more miles to get in a sufficient long run. The best surprise of the weekend was that I placed second in my age group, and my husband placed third in his! Sure it was a light crowd, but I will always take a medal. Always.
|A super strong finish|