|Second Empire 5K Course|
I decided not to run the Second Empire Spring Series because I wasn't really feeling up to committing to so many races in the early spring and I was more focused early in the year on Umstead training and injury recovery prior to Umstead. But I do have two of the spring races that I enjoy so wanted to participate in those. The Run for the Oaks was earlier in March, the weekend after Umstead. Instead of running I volunteered with Owen since I wasn't sure I'd be ready to run quite yet. We had a great time and got to cheer on a few friends. In the end I probably would have been less sore if I ran it than volunteered. Turns out pulling chips off shoes is quite strenuous!
The other spring race in the series that I really enjoy is the Second Empire 5K. It was my first race in NC back in 2008 and it's a really well run event thanks to Kim Reynolds and her husband. I have run it several times now and last year I realized that the prizes were really great for this race as well. It was the day after a tornado hit the surrounding area so the race went on, but fewer people came than usual, which explained my surprise second place finish. I hoped this year I would fair well but after injury and Umstead three weeks prior, I really just wanted to see if I could beat 20 minutes. Of course I secretly hoped to place so I'd get the cool race bling.
|Somewhere near the finish, looking about to die :-)|
|Some of the best local race "bling"!|
|Snoozing after a long day|