Y'all know when I'm talking about running, I'm talking about Angel. I will attend races, I will not run them.
Now that we have that clear, Angel ran his 2nd 10k of the year this weekend. His goal was to run it in less than 48 minutes, his time from the 10k he ran at the end of January. He's been running 5k about 5 or 6 times a week since then for training purposes, so he thought he stood a good chance at doing better than he'd done last time.
And he did! His official time was 40:30 or something right around there. Furthermore, for the first time since I've started going to races with him, he placed!
I have a bit of a split personality on this. One side of me thinks it's completely amazing and unbelievable that someone I'm married to made it into the top 10 finishers of a race. The other part of me, highly influence by my...interesting...family, would say something like, "9th place is 8th loser."
You see what he has to live with?
Since we stayed so long after the race anyways for Angel to get his trophy, we decided to stay for the raffle, too. Most of the runners had already left by this point, which means that with 20 lucky-draw prizes to give away, they were pulling out number after number, but often without any response because the runner was already gone. Imagine our surprise when they called out: "M....1.....1....4!" for the Grand Prize--a bicycle! So not only did he finish 9th, but he also won a pretty sweet raffle prize!
He was so happy. During the ceremony, I'd said, "Even if you did win that bike, how would we fit it in the car and get it home?" I was skeptical that it could fit in our itty-bitty hatchback, but it actually did!
How many 10k races have you run? I'm keeping up a good record of 0. I don't know how many this is for Angel, but I don't think it's one of his favorite distances, so maybe only 5 or 6?
Watch our race vlog to see all the action and find out what important item I accidentally left at home...