I really enjoyed participating in my first race. It won't be my last. D was proud of me for reaching this goal I had worked for, but he's the one who inspired me in the first place. I knew I could do this because I have been training pretty consistently. I was able to run 5.9 miles four days before the 10K (which is 6.2 miles).
D and I were both sad that he had to work during the race. I had planned on having Shboogoo be with him so they could see me run. But I didn't mind using the jogging stroller since that's how I am used to running anyway. My wonderful sister came at the end, just barely after I was done because I had thought it would take me longer than it did.
The chip I wore on my shoe knew when I crossed the finish line; I thought it was way cool. My time for the 10K -- with some 1-minute walking breaks -- was 1 hour and 11 minutes. I placed 67 out of 83 in my age group, and 172 out of 217 women overall. Including the 5K runners/walkers, a little over 600 women participated. Part of our registration fee benefitted SPEAK. We got goodies like a t-shirt, a Powerbar and hair elastics. My one regret is not waiting for a free massage!
Although I only want to compete against myself, I think the desire to pass people helped me run faster than usual that day. As Erin O'Brien says, "We are so fortunate we get to exercise."