It was 34 degrees and snowing at 9am when the gun went off. Hubby didn't even pretend that he was going to run with me and I soon lost sight of his orange jacket as he made his way through the throngs of people.
Our course was around the local Sate Farm Insurance building, then off on a nearby rock trail - out and back. My goal was to finish in 34:59 or less. My usual 3 mile training runs have been around 36:00 and under, so I felt it was a good time to push harder.
I made sure to watch the time and take my walking breaks so as not to aggravate my *stupid* knee. It's really hard to do that with 600 people all running in a group, but it has to be done. I end up finding a space to go slower in - get passed by a dozen people in the 60sec that I speed walk - then pass them all up again for my running interval. Anyway, it worked well and my knee didn't hurt = success.
Rounding the building toward the end of the race, I came around the final turn and noticed the clock...it had 32:10 on it!! I sped up and ran as fast as I could (and my heart exploded out my chest!) and finished the distance in 32:32. NICE. A full 2+ minutes faster than I had anticipated. I ended up placing 22nd out of 56 ladies ages 35-39. Not bad at all.
Last year at this time, I was 30lbs heavier and running 3 miles would have taken me just over 40:00. That's a nice bit 'o progress, there, Ladies and Gents. I was very proud of my sweet husband who finished this, his first race, in 28:16! My brother in law and sister in law were even there - he running (like a freaking streak of lightning!) and she snapping pictures of sweaty faces and cheering us on.
After the race, we got some Starbucks coffee and had Mongolian Beef for lunch. Truly, it doesn't get any better than that!