This weekend on Saturday morning was the annual Tails n Trails 5K run supporting the Denton Humane Society. This is now the 3rd year Husband & I have participated. I think this was the first time that we had really good weather. It was chilly last year in the morning but this year was the best. I was a little nervous about running because I've been so sick & have only done 2 long distance runs outside since the beginning of this month. And it's always hard for me to get my breathing flowing when it's so cold out. So I planned on taking a slower pace than I normally would.
We arrived around 7:30am to pick up our packets & then got back in the car to warm up a bit more before the run. The 10K started at 8am & ours started at 8:15am. Not only is this placed filled with dogs but most of them are in costumes which makes them even more cute to look at.
A little after our start time we were off. It was really cold. So cold my hands & feet became numb while waiting for the horn to go off. It's always a cluster starting a race because everyone is so jammed up & there were runners with dogs mixed in. But once we found our pace, it was smooth sailing. The course got changed up this year & I liked it so much better. There were more hills but they didn't last nearly as long as they used to. Husband & I usually start together & then end up going at our own speeds once we find our rhythm.
I ended up having probably one of the best 3 mile runs I've ever had. I started out strong & was able to keep a steady pace the whole time. The hills actually helped since they were short so I kind of just let myself comfortably sprint downhill. The last 1/2 mile I was running next to a really nice girl & she totally kept me motivated. Every time I would fall back behind her, she encouraged me to keep her pace & before I knew it we were flying through the finish line together. I always pick up my pace to a sprint at the end of a race when I have an idea how close I am to the finish line. But she really pushed me hard & I was so grateful for that.
The run was fantastic & I don't know what my time was yet but even if it wasn't as fast as I normally run, it felt wonderful & I was proud of myself.
Afterwards, we chugged water & ate granola bars & fruit while taking in all the adorableness of dogs everywhere. I'm the weirdo who will walk up to every dog & hug them & kiss all up in their faces. Of course I carefully introduce myself & always ask if I can pet a dog. I'm not that person who doesn't care. But dogs can totally sense if you like them & it's pretty obvious that I more than like them.
There were tons of vendors also.
I love this run & already am looking forward to next year!