On a whim, and to get some more race experience under my belt, I signed up for the Davis Pride Run for Equality 10k two weeks ago.
At my last 10k race (which was my first race ever), I was a little overwhelmed trying to find my running pace and optimal race line, and not get distracted by the crowd of people, so I was looking for runs in my area that I could easily attend and that would give me the opportunity to run in a race environment again before the half-marathon in July. Also: this run – which is only held for the second time this year – is for a good cause and I am all about equality and ending stigma and respecting others. After all, we’re all just people!
The run started at 10 a.m., which meant I had plenty of time to get there and get warmed up (without getting up at the crack of dawn. Reminder: I am not an early morning runner).
I also had to pick up my race packet this morning. Luckily, this race is pretty small (it was only held for the 2nd time), but that’s just what I wanted for this training run. We didn’t step on each others’ toes at the start line and it was overall a pretty relaxed race, where I was able to settle into my own pace right from the start.
Afterwards, there was a “LGBTQIA and straight ally community celebration festival” at the central park. The winners of the races were announced and there was music, free food and drinks and different vendors.
I came in 4th place out of 20 female 10k participants, 14th place of all 41 participants in the 10k. There was also a 5k run and 5k walk with another active 101 participants. Like I said, it was a small race, but I really liked it and will probably do it again next year. Maybe I can get Susi to run with me, because going to a race alone kinda sucks, but I did it anyway.
Oh yeah, and there was this ↓↓↓ waiting for me when I got home.