Last Saturday, I completed the Gate River Run. It’s the largest 15K in the United States. In case you’re wondering…..15K is equivalent to 9.3 miles.
I had been training for the race up until about three weeks ago. That’s when the issue I’ve been having in my side escalated to the point where it was very painful. The orthopedic doctor said that I could keep training, but I stopped to be on the safe side. Really, I feel my best when I’m standing up/moving around. I feel the worst when I’m lying down.
Which brings me to the River Run. It’s SUCH a fun race! I think there were about 20,000 people that registered. I had a nice seeded green seeded spot. (That means I had a great starting position in the first wave of the race. I qualified for that by finishing a 5K back in October in 25:26. Since seeded spots tend to fill up early, I registered and paid for the Gate River Run back in October.
At first, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do the race at all. But then I decided that I could walk it. I’m still in decent shape. And then I decided to walk/run it. Let me tell you, I am SO glad that I did! My first name was printed on my race bib (the paper with my race number on it). That was really cool because all along the way I’d hear strangers call out, “Way to go, Susan!” or “You’re doing great, Susan!” or “Great job, Susan!” That was extremely encouraging!
And on Saturday……..at the end of 9.3 miles……..I earned another one of my favorite things: a race medal.
That brings my total count of race medals to 17. Four of them are from other years of the Gate River Run, three are from half-marathons (13.1 miles), one is from an 8K, and the rest are from 5K races. I’ve done several more 5K races that didn’t offer medals. When they do, it’s a bonus. :)
I don’t know when my next race will be, but I’ll be happy to add to my collect again next time!