This weekend marked a coveted Saturday 12athon, but it also meant that I would have to be creative with my 12 miler today due to the Go Far 5K (also today was the Anywhere 5K) in High Point with my daughter, Hayden, and not too much time to run the remaining mileage before we celebrate her birthday tonight. So earlier this week, I checked out the challenge list to find one that would fit my predicament and there it was, the Rosie Ruiz challenge! In order to complete the challenge, I would have to run at least one mile in each location (check!) and travel by a motorized vehicle to the next location (check!) and finish up the mileage (check!). I also could not be the driver of the car and had to run at least 8 total miles. Being able to “cheat” my 12 miler was exactly what I needed to do today!
Our friend, Kathy, was running Go Far again with us this time, so the 3 of us and Nick (our race dad) headed to High Point to run the 5K at 9am. The course had shifted slightly from last fall’s 5K and it was a much more enjoyable run. Hayden did an amazing job running. She improved her time by 10 minutes from November’s race and we finished right at 34:00! Hayden even had enough in the tank to kick it at the end and she left Kathy and I in her dust! So proud of her! It was a wonderful morning and it was so inspiring to be around all those students who have spent 10 weeks training for the 5K.
We hopped in the car, Nick driving, and headed back to Greensboro. Of course, we made a quick refueling stop to grab some biscuits. As soon as we got home, I headed out to finish my remaining 5+ mile run around the neighborhood; my biscuit being my motivator to get it done quickly. I meandered around our hilly neighborhood, completing just over the 8 required miles.
Biscuit was consumed, runs completed, and we are looking forward to celebrating her 9th birthday tonight! Oh, and yes, my final time was 1:23:45!