The Tustin Leprechaun Leap was my first St. Patty’s Day race so of course I had to go “all out” with my running costume: green Team Sparkle skirt, green Sparkle Sleeves, Rainbow Race Legs and a sparkly shamrock tiara. I even wore my Vibram Five Fingers since they had green on them too.
I convinced Princess and her best running friend to run the race, luring them out of bed on that rainy race morning with matching, green, Jr. Team Sparkle skirts.
I was supposed to do this race nice and easy with my newbie running friend but sickness kept her in bed that morning and kept me wondering if that meant I had to “really run” the race up until the the starting gun went off.
But when you run with Kelly and Elise, there is no backing down. As we ran the first 2 miles with each other, we realized it had been almost 2 years since we were all able to run together at the same, fast pace since one of us always seems to be pregnant or recovering from being pregnant.
In the last mile, I picked off two women in front of me (with the help of Elise yelling, “Get her! Get her!” from 20 feet behind me). Love having friends who will push you to be better and go faster than you thought you could.
Finish time: 21:46 (7:00 pace)
3rd Place Age Group Finish
4th overall woman out of 417
35th out of 755 runners
(Local races can do wonders for your ego!)