Sadie joins me on many runs and I loved being able to run with her in a real race!
The race started around 11 a.m. The sun was shining and it was H-O-T!
Apparently Sadie has a little competitive spirit in her, because she liked to be in front. I could tell she was having a blast sniffing other dogs and running among the people and their pets.
The course was an out-and-back route along a bike trail and when we turned around to make our way back toward the finish line, Sadie saw my sister and lit up! Her Aunt Leslie!!!
Fortunately Sadie’s excited jumps lasted less than 30 seconds and we were back in our groove in no time.
We ended up finishing the 5k in 24:28 (a 7:50-something mile pace!). A personal record for me!
I always run races for fun (never for time), but I think having Sadie with me made me want to pick up my pace a bit. I knew we were the second dog/woman team out there, and I wanted to keep us in that position, so that little motivation, coupled with Sadie’s energy level made me push myself a little bit more than usual.
If you compete in races, do you participate for fun or for time?
The race directors were really nice, and after dropping off my timing chip, I headed back out with Sadie to meet up with Leslie to run the last third of a mile or so with her.
Leslie did awesome and we were quite the set of sweaty sisters after the race!
It was a fun race and a great kickoff for a fun Easter weekend!
I’m off to lay out on the dock and get some sun. Catch ya lata!