Not only did the world not end, but I also finished Beach 2 Bay. And lived.
The Beach 2 Bay was an incredible "Bucket List" type of experience. I've run 5Ks before -- that alone is a challenge for me, but the Beach 2 Bay is a big deal. There 2575 teams. Multiply that by 6 people, and you have -- wait, lemme find my calculator -- 15,450 people running in Corpus Christi.
My trainer Gabe was faster than 15,438 of them. His team came in second over all. He is awesome! It took them just 2 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds to finish the race.
My friend Reena's team was faster than all but one of the women's teams. She also is awesome. Their team came in at 2 hours, 58 minutes and 23.6 seconds.
That means that two of my friends were done before I even got on the shuttle bus back to my car.
My team, Victor's Grasshoppers, came in 697 out of 981 in our category. That's in the top 71%! Whoot!
The most difficult part of the event was not the running -- although I did walk more than I wanted to. The most difficult part was the logistics. I had to catch the shuttle between 5 & 6 am. That's the middle of the night as far as I am concerned. The race started at 7, I was finished at 8, and then had to wait another 2 hours to get a shuttle back to the car. Then the shuttle was stuck in traffic for another hour and a half. I didn't get home until 12:30pm.
The waiting wouldn't have been so bad if we had access to shade and water. We didn't.
Would I run it again? Yes.
Next year? I'm gonna place in the top 690!