After a quick post-career-day nap, I prepared for the second annual True Blue 5K to benefit the University of Memphis Alumni Association "Young Alumni Association." I guess the "old" alumni can fend for themselves. Ha! I met Lisa there. She is a proud Memphis Tiger!
We quickly sought shelter; it was only 33 degrees. Were we insane to be there? Of course. :)
Considering my busy, tiring week, I just wanted to get through the race. Earlier this week I walked twice (Monday and Wednesday) averaging 17:21 and 17:24, respectively. That is pretty fast for me, since my current standard is 18:00. My goal for the 5K was to maintain a 17:30 walking pace.
There couldn't have been more than a hundred people there, if that. Had I not been nearly 27 weeks pregnant, I may have been able to place in my age group due to the smallness! Lisa and I were just ahead of the absolute back of the pack, i.e. we were almost on the front bumper of the police car (a small group took that spot, not us). We briskly walked through the campus. Being that the race started at 7 PM, people were at nearly every turn with flashlights directing us where to go next.
We blazed a trail through the University of Memphis! My miles were 16:36, 16:56 and 16:41! My total time was 52:02 (I was hoping for 53:00). Yay! As always, we talked the whole way. Afterwards we had our photo taken with "Pouncer," the UM mascot.
Saturday I will meet Lisa at the park as she does 8 miles in prep for the St. Jude Half Marathon. After that I will officially rest! Rev: slight sore throat -- no 8 miler!