The view would have been slightly more enjoyable had I not been sucking air for the entire race. ;) The past two races, I have missed a sub 33 time by 6 and 4 seconds. This morning I got my sign that today was my day. I had been nervous...trying not to put pressure on myself which could backfire on me pretty easily. I arrived at the race and discovered it was chip timed. It would record my actual time once I crossed the start line until I finished. If there was a day to get in under 33 minutes...this was it!!
I forgot my Garmin and they were not calling out times... so I felt like I had to push hard. I did stop for water at mile two and walked a few steps to catch my breath. I trailed a woman most of the race. She had long legs and looked like running was effortless. Pretty sure I didn't look anything close to that behind her!! As we approached mile 3 I was speeding up and she seemed to be slowing down. As we turned into the park, I passed her and sprinted to the finish. The clock was showing 32 minutes and change, and I knew I met my goal!! My official time was 32:16.
Funny story...as I got to my car, the woman I passed was parked next to me. Awkward...She smiled and commented about our competition at the end. I apologized (although I don't think I had to) and I explained my goal and the fact that I couldn't see the clock so I was slightly panicked I was going to miss it again. I've never done a race in this town before and I am loving them...so much that I am doing a 5 miler there on Saturday. :)
|My boys were still in their jammies when I got home.|
|Noah took this one. :) It was an hour later and I was still not feeling back to normal.|