Run 'til Your Green - Race Reflections

I arrived at The Ale House just before 5:00 pm to pick up my race packet. My daughter was delighted to see that today my race number was to be 222. I could feel the enthusiasm and loved to see all the runners in their variation of green running gear. For me, I had my green socks on.

The trade winds have been blowing like crazy the past two days so for the race I was going to have to forego on my traditional race hat. Instead I pull my hair up high on my head in a ponytail and just ignored how ridulous it looked. The end result would be less hair in my eyes.

At 5:35 pm all the runners are escorted a short walk across the highway to the race start. We are all waiting patiently to run and some are really ready to go so they can get back to The Ale House. While I wait I play peek-a-boo with my daughter and my husband takes pictures. Shortly thereafter some music starts and we all begin to get our groove on before the start is officially announced and off I go!

It was a great start and I'm feeling good even though I run about 0.5 miles before realizing my Nike+ was not initiated properly and not logging distance. No worries. It still informs me of my pace and I'm happy with my starting pace and plan to stick to it. The first half of the run is against a nasty head wind and I try to push myself but push myself reasonably.

The race course has a few very mild rolling ups and downs, which are no problem due to my incline training. However, the race course is along a road that was inudated by seawater from the tsunami last week. I can tell it had an impact and can smell the after effects. I later learn that the race directors travelled our course the day prior and removed dead fish from the road to the ditches.

At the mid-point I check my pace and I am still going strong and pick up the pace for the final return. Why not? I have the wind to my back and I smile and enjoy the feeling. I feel like I am running free and happy and relish in the feeling that this is why they call many 5K's fun runs. Yes, I am having fun!

I see my family about a 1/4 mile before the finish line and give them a shaka as I push myself as much as I can at this point. And I finish strong at 25'40". My best 5K since 2006 and only 35 seconds shy of matching my PR thus far. I am happy and run some more back to my family before enjoying the post-race party.

I dance with my daughter and enjoy a drink while we wait for the results to come in. Afterwards, I take my family to Pinata's for dinner and enjoy something new - the portabella mushroom quesadilla that came highly recommended and now I know why.

Delicious! And the only green that I ingest is my guacamole and cilantro on the side.