Because I'm writing this super late, I don't remember too many exact details about the course. I hadn't run since the 5k the weekend before, and my school's holiday party was the night before. I didn't go in with big expectations; I was just proud of myself for being there because I signed up at the last minute.
The boyfriend and I had gotten into a small argument that morning because he was running late. I got way too dramatic and told him not to come to the race anymore. He called and texted repeatedly trying to get the address from me so he could still be there, but because I was being an immature child, I ignored him. The race site was about 25 minutes from my house, and I threw a pity party for myself the whole way there. I wanted him there, yet I was too stubborn to tell him where it was. Immature, much? I'm ashamed to even write that out, but we all have our moments. I knew there was no way he'd be there since he didn't know the address and it was a bit of a drive to even get there, so I was feeling quite sorry for myself. Anyway, as I was getting my bib, I received another call from him. I took this one, and he asked which tent I was under. What? As it turns out, he looked up the race address online and was there only 5 minutes after me. I cried because I was so happy to see him and because he did all that, even with me acting like a total jerk.
Before long, the race started. The park was very pretty, but there were a few hills sprinkled in here and there. The beginning was very bottle-necked, and I even had to run on the grass, not on the sidewalk meant for the race, because there was no room. It was an out and back, so I was very glad once I reached the turnaround. I was on pace to hit under 30 for the first 2 miles, but my legs were done in the third mile. I knew it wasn't going to happen, so I just focused on finishing. I ended up crossing the finish in 31:09. Not my best, but not my worst.
I ended 2012 running many 5k races, and I'm so thankful to have the support that I do. I'm looking forward to reaching new goals in 2013!