Team 5K in 50 States

Team 5K in 50 States: Hannah and Auntie Jennie

Running Buddies: Auntie Shauna, Owen (brother), Dad (Justin), and Uncle Greg.

Cheerleaders: Mom (Nicole), Grandma, Grandpa, Ava (AKA Suzy-Q, cousin), Baby Kaelyn (cousin), Grammy Farr, and Grandpa Tom.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mayors Midnight Sun 5 miler - Anchorage, Alaska

What a beautiful HOT day for a run...ugh.  After our awesome race at the Run for Women, Hannah and I were ready to take on the Mayors Run!  Our goal was to beat our last year's time of 55:19.  We almost missed the start of the race because we thought we started after the 1/2 marathon started.  Luckily, we got up to the start and asked someone just in case!  The countdown complete and we were off.

We got off to a really fast start, and boy was this a big field this year.  It took about 2 minutes before everyone had thinned out enough to not be elbow to elbow.  We ran the first 2 miles in the blaring sun, so it was a relief to get into the shade.  When we got to the drink station at mile 2, I took a drink of my water and threw the rest onto Hannah's head.  She squealed and said, "THAT felt GOOD!!"  Seemed to cool her off enough to regain some energy.  Mile 2.5 to 4.5 was in the shade, so we were able to stay on pace.  Hannah was doing awesome and many racers were cheering her on along the way.  At mile 4 we reached another drink station.  Tossed some more water on us to cool down again before we started the killer mile up hill at the end of the race.

We reached the top of the hill and we were both wishing another drink station was waiting for us.  BUT the end was near...Hannah beat me in the last two races right at the end as she usually has energy stored for the last stretch.  Good thing I didn't wait too long in that last stretch as she finished two seconds behind me for a finish time of 52:36.  Hannah was 1st place in her age group!  Much to my surprise, I finished 8th in my age group.  Uncle Greg ran the 1/2 marathon again and finished 16th overall.  It was a great run for everyone, but boy was it hot.

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