It was awesome!! I ran the whole thing and I beat my personal best time by 3 minutes, my unofficial time was just under 32 minutes!! It was so awesome…the only downer was that I was alone but luckily the woman who parked next to me was also alone, so we walked in together, and I found her after the race and we walked out together. She was really an inspiration…started running when she was 50, and now at 52 she has run a half marathon (though she prefers the shorter runs. I hear that a lot…that it stops being fun when you start training for long runs). Anyways, she made great time (27 minutes), and was so fit and youthful. I have to admit I have been feeling a bit old to just now start running and seriously getting in shape…but she reminded me that even though I am closer to middle aged than my teens, I still have years of being youngish and enjoying life ahead of me!!
Here are some pics:
The runners ahead of me. I started next to the one in the high socks…and finished ahead of her. Every-time I saw someone stop to walk (she did) I said to myself “walking is for p*s*ies” and kept running! I don’t really feel that way by the way, and am quite sure I will be walking a lot during my 10k in October…but someone said it to me once, and it sure does motivate me to keep running. Even though I do run 5k regularly, this was my first time running more than 3.5k in the morning, under the sun and on an almost empty stomach (when I run at night I feel like I am full of fuel from a day of eating) and I sure felt it…but “walking is for p*s*ies” was my mantra so I kept running.
I did not get a picture of myself since there was nobody to take it (there may be one on the race site later though, I’ll let you know if there is)….but I kept my bib on all the way home (even when I stopped at the bank) so my man could take (a very unflattering) one:
UPDATE: The results are in. My official time was 32:25:07 (which tells me my iPhone app is a bit off, since it put me at just under 32 minutes). I placed 130/267 participants total, 39/81 for my age group (30-39) which I think it pretty awesome for my first race!!!