Hello again world it's Annika Ruth. Usually I blog once a week but this week has been so exciting I am blogging twice. Yippee! My news is big. On the eve of my 13 week birthday I entered my first race, the Red Nose 5 K beach run in Del Mar. It's a charity run for wounded Marines. This was the 20th year the run has taken place.
I'm pretty excited because in my very first race I beat my Mom and she has been running for years. She was a step behind the entire way!
My race report is going to be primarily in pictures because I am not quite 13 weeks old yet and the language center of my brain is still developing.
1:00 p.m. Arrive in Del Mar. Assemble stroller and run short warm up. Forgo checking PSI of my race wheels as the run is entirely on the beach so low PSI is fine
1:20 p.m. Keep a low profile and let Mom handle the paper work for the entry. FYI: My Mom wrote Jennifer and Annika on the entry form. My registration is official.
1:21 p.m Decline any and all opportunities to sit on Santa's lap.
1:30 p.m. Pre race meal. Sorry no photo available
1:45 Size up competition and set goals.
Goal #1: Set Personal Record (PR)
Goal #2: Age Group Victory
Goal #3 : Beat all furry friends
1:50 p.m. Intimidate the competition
1:55 p.m. Calm pre race jitters with Binky
2:00 p.m. Run
2:23.23 p.m Finish....ahead of Mom.
Photo of finishing time required when realized that official race results consisted of writing down the first three finishers names in pencil on a clipboard. My Mom and I narrowly missed the clipboard. I was 5th, she was 6th. I did accomplish all my goals. I finished first stroller, first in age, ahead of all those with fur, and ......I dropped A LOT of boys. Ok so not many people can race a 5k at 2:00 p.m. on Friday but my Mom says "you got to race who shows up"