While running isn’t my first choice of exercise, it seems like there is a race every weekend in Birmingham. Yesterday there were at least two races in town. I can understand the obsession with running around here, there is some really beautiful scenery, and the hills make the runs that much more interesting.
This past Saturday, I took part in the Mutt Strut put on by Hand in Paw, an organization that specializes in animal-assisted therapy. I was a part of the CrossFit Rebellion team, so I had to put my best running-shoe clad foot forward. Until this race, the only other race I ever really participate in is the Crescent City Classic, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I think there were a little over 500 people signed up for this race, which seems about right based on the crowd that was there. Considering it usually takes me 3-8 minutes after the gun of the Crescent City Classic just to get to the starting line, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to walk right up to the front before the starter pistol fired.
That’s the start line. And behind me….
This just about a minute before the race actually started. The runner wrapped to the left out of the picture, but it wasn’t too crowded. I kind of like the smaller race. Although I did almost have an incident with a dog at the start, I was happy to not have to run around the walkers, people with strollers, and other obstacles.
I was shooting for a 20 minute finish, which would have been pretty fast for me. Before this race, I had never really run a 5k, so I wasn’t really sure how I would fare in comparison to my goal. On top of that, that I had no idea where the route was going to take me or where I was at any given time. Still, I finished with an official time of 21:13, and was very happy with the results.
My time put me the 5th overall finisher and 2nd in my age group. Two of the people in front of me (including the one in my age group) were CrossFit Rebellion members: Rodney finished first at a little over 17 minutes (an easy pace for him) and Robbie finished just over 20 minutes. The CrossFit Rebellion girls did great too, which helped us to dominate the competition. Our team beat the second to best team (all male) by a combined time of 27 minutes and an average of over 7 minutes. We got some sweet medals to take home and all the pride and glory that CrossFit Rebellion can hold.
This isn’t the first race in which CrossFit Rebellion has taken home the bacon (mmm…bacon), and I know it won’t be the last. I give credit to our awesome trainers Kyle, Alima, Nick and Brittany. We’re going to need to invest in a trophy case for the gym.