On December 6th Nick and I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k race in Seaford, Long Island. We were late to the start, so we had to run all the way to the start of the race, which buzzed right when I got there. Talk about stressful. We did, however, have a chance to snap a quick pre-race photo:
I know, we’re adorable. The race itself was really nice–it circled around the school that was hosting it and through the town. We got really cute hot chocolate t-shirts for this race, and I was told that racers usually don’t wear their shirts for that same race. It’s kind of a thing you do after the race. I decided my policy will be that in order to earn the shirt, I have to infuse it with my race-day sweat. Fortunately for me, this was a very warm day, and I sweated through my layers like a sinner in church.
When I finished my race, I happy collected a free water and tried to find Nick so I could finish the race with him. I couldn’t find him, and I was very hot.
Racing now is becoming something fun I do, and the more I do it, the less stressful and serious it becomes. I take it seriously in the sense that it means a lot to me, but it also allows me a freedom and escape that I wouldn’t trade for the world. My finishing time is important only in the sense that it gives me a concrete way of seeing that I am getting better. Not caring too much has been more liberating than I expected. These are the things I thought about while I looked for Nick. Running is a gift–one I am very grateful for.
After the race, we stayed for raffles and took our post-race photo. Notice I’m still hot and sweaty.
They served us hot chocolate after the race, but I didn’t want to drink any. I did, however, want the whipped cream. So I asked for a cup of whipped cream. The lady at the hot chocolate station kind of just stared at me, but I insisted I was being serious. So she indulged me.
It was a beautiful day and a great race–we didn’t win any raffles, so that was a bummer. But I was still happy to be there!
Distance: 3.18 miles
Time: 40:13 min.
Pace: 12:39 min/mi (1 second slower than last time. No biggie!)