My mom and Mike are WAY faster than me, but they were nice and ran at a pace that was only a little uncomfortable for me (but more on that later).
We didn't feel like running near our house and in all honesty I have been trying to avoid running on the sidewalk because of the concrete. I don't want to re-injure myself so I have been running on softer surfaces, which is one reason we ran on the treadmill on Wednesday (although I don't want to do that again for a long time).
The Genesee Riverway Trail was the scene for our 5K race. Mike and I have run there a few times before and it is great because of the varying surfaces. It had actually snowed a little bit last night but the surface wasn't too slippery. We ran through Turning Point Park and had to slow down a little bit when we ran along the boardwalk. We saw one lone swan hanging out in the water all by himself.
Throughout the entire run I knew we were going at a pace that was similar to what I ran at the It's a Wonderful Run 5K. My mom and Mike were running effortlessly, but I was quite literally racing! My mom even mentioned that I was going to have an awesome time, but I wasn't sure if I was going to beat my official PR.
We pushed the pace at the end and my mom counted down 3.05, 3.06, etc. and then we were finally done!
Lap 1 - 9:18 pace
Lap 2 - 9:27 pace
Lap 3 - 9:10 pace
Lap 4 (.12) - 8:36 pace
Total Time: 28:55
Average Pace: 9:17 minutes per mile
My mom's watch actually said our total time was 29:02 but that is still faster than my official PR.
As we were walking back we saw a beaver, he was huge! I wish we had a camera with us, he was quite oblivious of us walking by him.
Overall I would say that was a great race for me! I'm glad that my mom and Mike pushed me to a sub 29:00 minute time.
Edited to add:
Since we did this run on Christmas Eve, it meant that we also completed the Christmas Eve Virtual 5K put together by Run Mom Run and Run My Guts Out.
If you ran this Christmas weekend, how did your run go?