Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Countown

I am less than a fortnight away from my second — yes, SECOND — 5K. Me, the person who swore she would never run unless it meant escaping from certain death or achieving face-to-face interaction with Ryan Gosling.

Team “I Run For Dessert” is hitting up Music City for the greatest Cinco de Mayo 5K run EVER. I am so stoked.

“Why are you so excited today, Emily, when you have barely mentioned this race over the last several weeks?”, you might ask.

Well, this renewed vigor stems from the fact that Julie and I completed a full three-mile run this morning at the gym. And we only walked ONE LAP. This is earth shattering. Since completing the initial 5K on March 17, we have not neared the three-mile mark.

Today was a bit different because my iPod’s battery died so we didn’t use the GPS/MPH tracker at all; instead, we tracked our progress the old-fashioned way — counting laps around the 1/8-mile track. We didn’t even watch the clock. It wasn’t our fastest run, by any means, but we finished, which means so much more!

If you want to join us on May 5, you can register for the Cinco de Mayo 5K in Nashville here. Register by April 25 to be guaranteed a shirt (which we all know is the primary reason to run an organized race).

P.S. I’m a little ticked that the 5K will start at the same time as the Kentucky Derby. As a native Kentuckian, I always try to watch the “two most exciting minutes in sports,” but this year it is overlapping with my race time! I guess I can always sacrifice two minutes of my final race time to have the horses inspire my run!

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