Last Saturday, March 26th, I ran a 5K on the track at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. The Charlotte Running Club (CRC) was trying to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 by 5K relay. I was lucky enough to run a leg of the relay, because who would not want to break a world record. When I arrived it was raining and cold, I wasn’t happy about this. The past 3 weekends had been beautiful, what happened, why did it have to rain this weekend, why not next weekend? As I stepped out of the car I could see the tents set up for timing and hanging out in. After I said hi to my dad, who had come out earlier to support all of his runners, I went to the press box to keep warm and dry. I got to chat with Caitlin, Aaron, and John and watch a few of the runners complete their legs of the relay. Then my dad came up to let me know it was time to warm up. As I did my warm up, I just kept getting more and more excited. As I did my drills and got ready to go to the starting line felt pumped. I was not nervous at all!
Once I grabbed the baton, I took off. The adrenaline I felt over took me the first lap and ran too fast (74 – Yikes!). But who wouldn’t be super excited? After the first lap was able to get back on pace, I enjoyed having people cheering for me every 200 meters as well as Megan, Jordan, and Catlin cheering from the infield. It really helped me keep going when I would get tired. About halfway through I started to feel that first lap and started feeling tired. Mike Kahn was able to help me keep pushing through the pain when he ran across the field with a boom box blasting; the sudden noise scared me and I jumped out of my skin which gave me a jolt to keep going. As the laps continued to click off, I could feel myself slowing down slightly, so I intentionally pushed harder as the rain kept coming down. With 600 to go I gave another big push, kicking up water as I when making my butt and back wetter than it already was. With one lap left I heard the bell and everyone cheering, I sprinted hard to the finish and handed off the baton. I was so glad I did not drop the baton. When my dad told me I had gotten a PR, I was ecstatic. I thought if I could run 17:08 (17:09.1 officially) on an asphalt track by myself and in the pouring rain, just think what I could run on a good day with competition. They race got me wanting to run a race on the track to see if maybe I could break 17:00 for a 5K in my next race.