Thankfully it warmed up to about 55 degrees the morning of the race, making it much warmer than the Hearts on Fire 5K.
I started this morning off with one of Neal's favorites, egg-in-toast. This delicious breakfast has since become one of my favorites as well! It's so simple, fun & tasty!
As the race started, I was still putting on my iPod! I was running so behind, both figuratively & literally!
I took off, weaved around the crowd until I got to the front, and then realized my shoe was coming untied. You have to be kidding me! I went off to the side & quickly tied my shoe. We were only 3 minutes into the race, what else could go wrong?
My shoes came untied two more times. Yes, TWO more blow-outs! The entire race I kept thinking, what was that knot my brother showed me so this wouldn't happen in races? I couldn't remember it, & I still can't remember it! Note to self, Skype Greg & learn this magical knot before the 1/2 marathon.
I kept doing my standard pacing where I find a woman in front of me, and either try to keep pace with her, or pass her. I also try to not let too many people pass me after I am well into a race, once this starts to happen I get slightly discouraged, but sometimes I know I just used too much fuel at the start. On shoe tie number 3, around mile number 3, that happened! One strong woman passed me, she had a lot more stamina than I, and I never did catch up to her.
As I sprinted across the finish line, I thought, holy crap I can't believe I signed up for a half marathon, what was I thinking? As mentioned in my blog post, Making the Most of a Quarter Century, I signed up for this 3 part running series & the Southern Indiana Classic Half Marathon. A total of four runs between February and April. I think I am going to take it easy on the races for the remainder of the year!
Neal found me at the finish line and let me know I was the 5th woman across the line. Hooray! Not to shabby for my first 7k!
I waited for the results to see if the other women were in my same division (age group) so I could see if I won a medal or not.
It looks like the really fast women are in the age 30-34 group! I got second in my division!
I had been planning to celebrate by getting a donut at Donut Bank. It's a local bakery that I haven't tried in the 3 years since we have been here, but I have always wanted to. I chose the red velvet donut with cream cheese frosting & I picked up a shamrock sugar cookie to share with Neal. I had a lovely picture of this amazing treat, but I think I deleted it yesterday on accident! I guess I need to go back and try some more donuts :)
This was not a bad race at all. Though I am not looking forward to the 1/2 marathon April 6th or the 10k that's the week after, I am looking forward to finishing off my races for the year! I am simply too competitive with myself & others. My body desperately wants a break & I will be more than happy to give it one!
Happy Monday Ya'll! Did you do something fun for St. Patrick's Day?