Monday, October 21, 2013

Hot 2 Trot 5k 2013

I was weirdly looking forward to this particular 5k since my horrible experience with it last year. 

This race is in July, in Texas at that, and so it shouldn’t have to be said, but I’m going to say it anyway -

It’s fucking hot.

Last year when I went into it, I had grossly overestimated my abilities as a runner. Probably because I hadn’t even attempted to train in the heat since most of my runs were on the treadmill at that point. You live and learn. Needless to say, I was looking forward to going back to this course to see how much I’ve improved from one year ago.

(It says 2013 but it’s only because I snagged it off the website just a few moments ago, it’s actually the 2012 photo) Anything’s an improvement from this, right?

Sexy Runner Pose Nope, apparently not. hot2trot5k2013(And yes, I did wear the exact same race shirt for both 2012 and 2013, I’m fancy in that way)

I may not have improved my race day photo skills (I hope you all appreciate how much strength it takes to post these gems for you) but I did improve my time!

2012 time: 42:45
2013 time: 38:29

I also made sure to drink water like a fish in the days leading up to the race (something I did not do last year) and last year I talked about not being prepared for a couple of hills in the race. Yeah, compared to what I did for the Bearathon those ‘hills’ that were such a battle then seemed like nothing this time. It was just a nice reminder of how far I’ve come in my training.

One of those non-scale victories I see people brag about from time-to-time.

Overall, definitely glad I signed up for this race again to prove to myself I can do better but I don’t know if I’ll run it next year. It’s not particularly scenic or have anything that just stands out. Unless of course I can convince someone to run it with me (I’ve done this solo both years) – then you know I won’t be able to back out.

Until we run again!


Micah said...

This is a fantastic non-scale victory!! Good work!

Breenah A said...

I hope you don't get any "better" at race photos because these are perfect.

jaime said...

You have the best race photos. That is all. :)

Anonymous said...

That's a great improvement! I love that you wore the same race shirt. I can't function in high heat, I can't imagine trying to run in it. You're all kinds of amazing to me for being able to do that run.

Abbey said...

you are a BAMF. such a great improvement and a great attitude!!

Amanda said...

I loved the pictures! Awesome awesome. Great job!

Holly said...

That's a GREAT accomplishment!!! And an even greater photo ;) I wish I had your photo skills during a race. Maybe I'll work on that for the Turkey Trot....

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

I am SO super jealous! I wish I could run! I've always wanted too. I just end up out of breath in 20 seconds and then I give up. :(