Almost two weeks ago, Emma Clare and I bundled up and headed back to the Girls on the Run 5K for the second year in a row. It was cold last year, but this year was seriously cold. Luckily, we ended up parking a lot closer to the starting area, so we stayed in the car for a long time, and we were able to get back to the car as soon as we’d finished running. I was a little apprehensive about this year’s race. Of course, I’d been on chemo last year, but I’d been running faithfully, and was as prepared as I could be. No chemo this year, but I’ve not been doing a good job at running, so I was worried that I’d not do as well this year. How frustrated would I be to have done better while on chemo? Thankfully, despite the cold, we ran a good, strong race. My toes were numb and painful pretty much to the halfway point, but we managed to finish about three minutes faster than last year, and this year I was dragging Emma Clare along, instead of the other way around. I felt good, and I’m going to need that confidence as I start training for the Nike half!
All the girls get a finisher’s medal, but we decided to forgo the photo at the finish line and instead snap one in the warmth of the car. We also rode with a few friends this year, and that was such a special time getting to know them better. Between the poor preparation, the freezing cold, and the memories of insane traffic last year, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about heading to this race. But we had a good time, and I’m so glad to have had that special time with my big girl again this year.