After a 2 week period without having a formal "race", I was quite excited to have my toe hit the start line again. If you know me, you know I am a HUGE Georgia Tech fan! I came across Janeen's Run which is a 5K ran in honor of a Georgia Tech track runner that benefits a scholarship for the track team. Without a doubt, this race was screaming my name.
|There is nothing like watching the sun rise on campus.|
My run was going really well - I was practicing 1:30-1:00 intervals at a 13:00 pace to get ready to help pace with my friends at NWMDC at the end of the month and despite the hills I was right on track. Well, everything changed for me at mile 2.5. I was running and minding my own business when all of the sudden I was face down on the pavement - yep I face planted! Fortunatly, my face did not hit the concrete, but my knees and wrist got pretty banged up.
The runners around me and 2 volunteers at the corner saw what happened and came to check on me. One of my new friends that I made during this episode was Marley! Marley is a golden retriever that sports a mohawk every summer. This dog captured my heart!!!
Like any athlete knows, you just have to get up and keep going and that is what I did! I completed the race - not with the strongest finish, but I completed it. One of the volunteers that saw my fall radioed ahead to the finish line that I was coming so they could help me get cleaned up. Thank goodness for the amazing Georgia Tech Police Officer (Officer Marcus) that came to my rescue at the finish!
|Officer Marcus' bag of tricks!|
|At least I am smiling!|