Today I cheered at a race with a very special focus. The Get Fit, Live Fit, Be Fit 5K was designed to inspire new 5K runners and walkers. Although the race was open to anyone, 5K "first-timers" got a special shirt, race bib with a personal touch, and a medal at the finish line.
I ran my first race on September 6, 1996 - the Fair Lakes 8K. I finished under 50 minutes (49:29) and below a 10 minute/mile pace (9:57). It was exhilarating. And I wish I could go back in time and give myself some advice.
The Mother's Day 4-Miler in Reston is a race that I run for the camaraderie, celebration of moms (with a flower at the finish line!) and the family-friendly party going on during and after the race.
It is not a race that I run for the course, which is basically a triangle of main roads with a short jaunt at the beginning and end as you exit and enter Browns Chapel Park. And the course is hilly, but it does finish on a solid downhill.