I chose this race because it benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Most of you know that my son has epilepsy. He started having seizures in 2008, which actually led me to start running in the first place. He was seizure free for 2 years before coming off medication in 2010. He was 13 months seizure-free off medication when he had a tonic-clonic seizure on 11-11-11. He returned to medication and has been on it since, and hasn't had another seizure. I haven't taken advantage of the information or services of the Epilepsy Foundation (except the national website's message boards) because I honestly thought years ago that it was a little blip on the radar and he would grow out of it. But apparently that is not to be... and I think we will need to make use of their resources. Also, I have a number of friends who live with seizures, or who have children or grandchildren with seizures. This cause is near and dear to my heart!
I left the house at 6 AM to head to the race. It has been so long since I've done this, and I was very nervous. But the drive down was easy and I had no trouble finding a place to park. I picked up my race number and felt the excitement kick back in. Here is my race bib and D-tag! :)
I think running for 10 minutes before the race was a great idea for me. One of the problems I usually have with 5Ks is that by the time I start to feel like I'm in a groove, the race is over. I didn't feel that way at all this time! It was fantastic! The weather was beautiful, and I felt so good while I was running! Simply awesome!
Here is a self-portrait after the race! :)
The shirt is a good quality tech shirt and the logo is in my fantastic favorite blue colors! :) The only problem is that it's huge! But it will be good to layer over a long sleeve shirt in the winter time!
Long run tomorrow... I think I may do a 3/2 interval because my quads are really sore from yesterday's bike ride. I will see how I feel when I wake up in the morning! And speaking of morning... off to get some good sleep for this body!