The Mike Rokicki Memorial 5k run was my first ever 5k race on July 4th, 2011. I started running on May 11, 2011 and decided this was going to be my first race. I finished my first 5k in 23:45 good enough for 2nd in my age group. That was the beginning of my running adventure. The following year I improved my time tremendously with a time of 20:38 but it was still only good enough for 2nd.
|John and I 1st and 2nd in Age Group|
The following year had been a monster year for me. I am not a 5k specialist by any means and prefer the longer distance runs. I don't usually do any speed work. I just run long for long periods of time. The way I approach a 5k race is to sprint as hard as I can for as long as I can and say to myself that the pain will be over very quickly. In 2012 I finished 5 full marathons and 3 ultra marathons. The momentum had continued at the beginning of 2013 with me finishing my first 100 mile ultra in April.
|Melissa finishing with a new PR|
This is a great local race. If you have never ran it, it's definitely worth it. Money goes to a worthy cause. It's only $15 with pre-registration and that includes a shirt. Trophies for the top 3 in each age group for both a running and walking division. It was a great day to be a runner and to be an American.
|Edging out my friend Drew by 2 seconds. He had beat me the previous 2 years by 1 second each year.|
|My daughter finishing up the kids fun run|
|My brother in law Tom out running the Bear and breaking his 5k PR|
|They left their bikes at home and went for a run today|
|Greencastle Running and Fitness Club Members|
|Me, my niece Faith and Brother in Law Tom|
|Faith and I|
|My awesome running family and awesome friends|