Saturday, September 29, 2012

Running for the Children's

A review of the Miami Children's Hospital 5K


Finished.
Unofficial time 47.00 minutes 
This morning my husband, sister and I ran (mostly walked) the Miami Children's Hospital 5K.  This was my first non-disney run, so I was pretty excited and anxious to see how "normal" runs are. We left the house about 5 minutes after I originally planned to leave - which proved to be a HUGE mistake. If you have ever lived in my neck of the woods, you know the difference just 5 minutes can make. We arrived at the race around 7:00 a.m. and then spent the next 22 minutes STUCK in the parking garage. 

There were no parking attendants and no one to say "Garage Full' ... So,... myself and about 50 other cars were stuck in a garage (not moving - due to the traffic OUTSIDE of the garage). We finally made it out of the garage and into the second parking option at about 7:35... 

Two problems. 

1) The race started at 7:30 a.m.
2) We were about a 1/2 a mile away from the starting line. ... 

We rushed over to the race and my darling sister says. ...

"I have to use the bathroom" ... 

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As i'm standing there WAITING (impatiently) the announcer announces to the crowd (a.k.a. ME!) "You have to get started or your time will not be recorded, we are changing the set up for finishers". At that moment I gave up all hope of starting the race through the balloons and waited for my team. 

As we started the race, I was then promptly honked at by a car (which happened to be the pace car) because ... the top 3 finishers were finishing. [whatever - no big deal] 

Since we started soooo late (like 7:45) we were behind ALL of the strollers and children so it was a little challenging to run. So, we walked and jogged a little to get around big crowds of strollers. 
According to my Nike+ app, we maintained 15 minute miles. 
After the race we got to walk around and get free stuff from the sponsors. Sister was very excited about the cotton candy. 

I was a little more excited about the "cool off zone" 

According to a post of Facebook, there were 3,500 people there. However, I for a fact know that that number cannot be true.

Why you ask?

Krispy Kreme.

After the race we decided to go grab a yummy snack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. While waiting in line a gentleman asked my how I won my medal. Of course I was more than willing to tell him about it when half way through my story about the race he cuts me off and says "WAS THAT TODAY?! - I REGISTERED FOR THAT AND FORGOT TO GO!" This poor man spent the next 10 minutes explaining how he registered so long ago because a friend asked him too and he can't believe he forgot to go! Upon leaving he says to me "Thanks for ruining my day" ... When I laughed and said "No problem!" he smiled and said "be blessed" ... So, I'm pretty sure I didn't ruin his day.

Sorry facebook I'm pretty sure there were only 3,499 people there. :)

Anyways... at Krispy Kreme, we were given the gift of coffee in honor of Free Coffee day.

It was a great day!



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