This race started downtown and I figured it was the usual out and back type route that is common for races that start at this location. Well I was pleasantly surprised to find out the day before the race that it wasn't an out and back but yet a route that I had never run before (most of it). I love new routes!!
We woke up early on Saturday and Leigh found us quickly since we stick out with the Chariot!
|Audrey hydrating before the race|
|Leigh and I|
|Family photo take 1|
|Family photo take 2|
The 10K started first and both Leigh and hubby took off leaving me in their dust ;) It was pretty congested at the very beginning but by 1K it had spread out.
At 1K I pulled out my iPod even though I haven't run with music in awhile.
At 2K I was surprised at how easy the pace felt and how fast it was going by.
At 3K I started to get a stitch and had to slow it down.
By 5K I was discouraged that I was only half way there!
Around 6K? we caught up to the 5K runners and walkers who started 15 minutes after us. I felt like the only runner dodging all the walkers. For a moment I thought that maybe I went the wrong way since I couldn't see any runners ahead of me but I was still seeing kilometer markers along the route that were obviously for the 10K.
I actually didn't mind all the walkers because it gave me something else to think about other than how tired I was! At 8K the 5Kers turned over one bridge and the 10Kers continued until the next bridge. That was tough! Then we met up again on the other side of the river- just to be sent on separate pathways again! This happened about 3 times!
Finally we rounded a corner, went over another small bridge and you could see the finish line! I picked up the pace a bit but I was spent! Hubby, Audrey and Leigh were just at the side of the finish line to cheer me on! My final time was 1:06:xx. Not my greatest, but not my worst either!
|Audrey, me and my medal!!|
I grabbed my medal, we got some food and water and hung around for a bit.
I am definitely looking forward to doing this race again next year- great route, great volunteers, great medal and great post-race food and activities!
|Bib and medal|