I participated in the 2nd annual Sacred Heart 5k in Gervais, Oregon with Greg and my mom-in-law. Last year, I came in 3rd place in my age category. Granted, there were only 3 people in my age bracket, but it was still super fun to win a ribbon. I was looking forward to defending my title this year.
I didn’t take any pictures while I was racing. I had my phone in my coat which I had quickly shed minutes after the race started. I didn’t want to bother with having to try to fish it out of my pocket. I just focused on the course. I took this picture before the race started. Watching geese fly south while I raced was such a pleasant distraction.
I had set out to only walk this 5k. My leg pain was so dire, that I started to shuffle along just to finish faster. It was the first time I had run since I sprained my ankle on March 24th. I probably ran about 1/3 of this 5k. At one point, when I shuffled past fellow walkers, I heard one person say, “that’s either a fast walk or a very slow run”. Yep, that’s my shuffle. I was very relieved when I crossed the finish line.
This year, only awards for the top finishers were given out. I have no idea where I placed in my age group, but I’m hoping I came in third. They had Door prizes again this year. People got to pick what they wanted in order of how they finished. There was everything from exercise equipment to a Justin Bieber CD. When it got to me, the only things left were baseballs and pumpkins.
My mom-in-law and the farmer are gracious enough to sponsor this small run. Schlechter Farms is an Oregon century farm. We love stopping by the farm to visit with them and to load up on amazing veggies!