So yesterday I got my redneck on and ran in the Duck Dash 5K in Atlanta. It was so much fun. Even with the unseasonably warm weather, cloudy skies and drizzly rain. And I ran it with my 17 year old cousin, Maegan, who has never run a race a day in her life. We ended up with a PR for me and she deciding she wants to run with me again (5Ks only at the moment). Woohoo!
The day started early with us leaving my parent’s house to pick my cousin up at 5:45am. We were so thrilled for this race. We had our camo headbands and camo shirts ready to get into character. I was wearing my Swirlgear Camo Hoodie hoping it would bring me luck. My parents and my cousin live about an hour and a half from Turner Field in Atlanta where the race was being held. We made a quick stop of McDonalds, arrived at the race, got checked in and picked up our t-shirt, beard and bandana. Yes, I said beard. This was a race featuring Duck Dynasty’s Jep Robertson after all. This gave us some time to take some photos at Turner Field and track down the duck mascot. Finally it was time to line up and start the race. Jep Robertson came out and talked to us then started the race in true redneck fashion – he shot a hunting rifle. We took a quick jaunt from Turner Field, around the state capitol building then back. We did a fabulous first mile (12:52) but slowed down during the second mile because there were some big hills. We made up for it on the last mile and managed to finish in 42:23 or 13:35/mile. A NEW PR!!!!!! After we were done, we posed for a couple of pictures. Then we waited in line to take pictures with Jep. Unfortunately he couldn’t stay long enough to get photos but Maegan managed to get him to sign her book and I got a close up photo of him doing autographs. All in all, it was a fun race. It was good to be racing again as I haven’t been in a race at any distance since Disneyland on Labor Day and my plantar fasciitis issues. My foot felt really good so that’s a positive. It was also amusing to see all the race participants decked out in camo for the race. I have never seen a camo tutu but decided that if I do this race again, I will be making myself one.