What a fun race today! Not only was I joined by my sister, but by another sister, a nephew and my parents. PLUS! I got to meet and dine with a fellow run-blogger. And we all got to wear cute outfits. With lots o’ green involved.
It started snowing early in the race, but I’ve run in snow many times — it doesn’t bother me anymore. The race was a nice, smooth course, and the 700-plus runners/walkers were mostly in good spirits. (Perhaps the promise of beer and mini elephant ears at the race’s end helped with that.)
I felt great through the whole run. Kept a good, even pace. I knew I’d be close to hitting my last PR of 9:13 miles. Well … I didn’t hit it. I beat it! With a time of 28:29, my average pace was 9:11. Awe! Some! Very pleased — considering I was wearing dancing leprechauns on my head.
On the half marathon training schedule, I was on for five miles. So, by the time I ran the 5k and went back to round up the crew I ended up doing 5.01 miles according to my phone’s GPS. I crossed the finish line, immediately turned around to run to say hey to my family at their various places on the race course. Once I gave my parents a wave and an update, I turned back around and ran up to my younger sister and crossed the finish line with her — as I always do. By the time I got turned around and met up with Sister and finished the course the second time, I did my 5.01 miles in a total of 51 minutes (on the dot). I call this race/run a success from all angles!
Cara (you know, the other run-blogger), my sister and I headed out for breakfast after the race — a Cara tradition I do believe I will be borrowing. It was a lovely breakfast with good food and super company.