This was my 2nd year running the CCAP 5K. This is my favorite local 5K, and I will run it every year that I am able. This run benefits the Children's Center Adult Program, a day habilitation center for young adults with disabilities. It is sponsored by our local running club, River Region Runners. It is a smaller run with both run and walk divisions. Several of the clients and their families participate in this event. Participants wear special bibs in support of the clients.
I ran in support of Team Zac and Team Eric. I went to daycare with Zac when I was just a baby. We've remained close with him and his mother over the years. He's attended the program for years. I know Eric from high school. He had just started the program in the summer of 2013.
Eric surprised me with a kiss before the race. I hadn't seen him in almost ten years.
I talked my friend Minerva into running this race with me. We became good friends in college and we worked retail together while we finished school. She's now a teacher, too.
This course has a few small inclines, but it mostly flat and fast. I started out way too fast, trying to keep up with Minerva. I couldn't believe I clocked my first mile in 7:47! My first sub 8:00 minute mile. After the first mile, I looked around me and realized that there was only one female in front of me. Unbelievable! I was the second female!
The first female was too far ahead. I knew there was no way I could catch up to her. I tried hard to hold on to second. My pace was slowing. I clocked the second mile in 8:17. Over my shoulder I could see the third female gaining on me. She was right beside me at the 2.5 mile mark and I surged to keep ahead of her. She backed down.
I could see the finish line up ahead. I raced down the hill, clocking my third mile in 8:07. Only seconds from the finish line, the third female passed me. I gave one last kick, but it was too late. She got me by one second! I was still thrilled to get 3rd overall female and a new 5K PR of 24:57!
My Mom and Minerva had an awesome race too, both finishing 2nd in their age groups.
The director of CCAP presented me with my award.
Post-race photo with Eric
It was great catching up with him after so many years.
Members of Team Zac