I slept terrible. Grandma came to watch the kids so Carter was in our room for the night, and I don't know if he always does this, but he woke up a lot of times, just making noise in his bed and then falling back to sleep. At one point I saw lightning and thought, Uh Oh. When I finally got up in the morning it was raining. "Rain or shine", the event said, so I figured we were still on for the race. And we continued getting ourselves ready.
|before the race|
And now for the details...
* My new sports bra finally came in the day before the race. Was so excited to not have to just layer up old bras as I had been doing! New bra worked wonderfully!
* The sprinkly rain stopped just before the race started and it felt wonderfully cool out!
* While we were waiting I was talking with another young mom of a 4yo who lives right near us. Would love to have gotten her name and contact info, so I hope we cross paths again soon!
* I could see Kevin the whole way so I knew I wasn't TOO far behind him. That made me feel good.
* I ran almost all of the race only walking a few feet of the last hill toward the end.
* Downhills were very good. Tried to lengthen my stride and just let the hill give me a break.
* I finished strong sprinting in the last 100meters or so.
* My time was 28min50sec, several minutes faster than what I'd been running on the treadmill! Was very pleasantly surprised!
* Carter was happily clapping and squawking at everyone as they finished!
* Both Eli and Hannah are saying they want to run the 1-mile race next year!
The not so good:
* Much of the path was on gravel on the outside of town, which means I was trying to find the less muddy part of the road to run on. And being out in the open instead of zooming past houses made the race feel slower.
* Compared to the treadmill, I felt like I was trudging along slowly. So I was very surprised at my time!
* I was just running by myself, following a cluster of three teenage girls and a young boy something like 11 yrs old with no one close behind. Was a pretty relaxed run though I felt tired for much of it. Not the adrenaline rush I was expecting, but that's okay.
As for more races? Maybe. But I'll stick with 5Ks for now before even thinking about moving up to anything longer!