And then we were off! Jenny and I lost sight of Linda, her son Regan and his friend Hayden almost immediately - there was a huge sea of people and they dashed around them. We tried to keep a slow, steady pace as it seemed like EVERYONE was passing us! It was wild, and I now see why they call it a Fun Run as opposed to a Race, because all of a sudden we were overtaken by the "wheels" group, who were behind the walkers, who were behind the runners at the start. People on roller blades, skateboards and several unicyclists were zipping between and around us and even dogs were passing us - it was a little challenging to keep running while all of this was going on. At one point, a couple on a tandem bicycle rode past us! It seemed like everyone was having a great time - it was a very relaxed atmosphere, and we came upon the one mile mark pretty quick.
Jenny and I tried to keep a steady pace - it was a bit unsettling when some walkers actually passed us (to be fair, they were speedwalking), but we just kept on and eventually ran past them. Another thing that we found challenging were the run/walkers - they would run past us, and then walk for a bit, at which time we would catch up to them and have to run around them to keep going...and then a bit later on, they would run past us again, then slow down to a walk.
It seemed like it took forever to get to the two mile mark - we both swear it was way more than two miles, but as it was dark, I couldn't see my Sportsband to read what the mileage said. We later decided that because we kept having to put on these little bursts of speed to get around people, that was the reason we kinda got pooped out at about 2.5 miles in. Well, that and the fact that we were running into the gusty winds...oooh, that was tough! At that point I had pretty much quit talking, but kudos go to Jenny for realizing that and working to keep me going - she kept up a nice little stream of encouragement, which I needed - where the heck was that three mile mark?!? I thought I'd never see that one! But then we finally saw that AND Linda, who had crossed the finish line and ran back to find us - yay! Jenny got her second wind, and I believe the runner's term is that she "kicked it" - girlfriend RAN that last one-tenth toward the finish! Linda ran with me, and I was able to pick up some speed and FINALLY saw the end and Jeff with the camera - I raised my arms in victory, and finished the run!!!
The Ironwomen - me, Jenny and Linda, along with Ironboys Hayden and Regan!
I have to give a shout out to my husband, Jeff, and Jenny's husband, Daniel, who were our official photographers and pit crew - they held t-shirts and all sorts of stuff for us. Plus they were extra cold, since they didn't run to warm up like we did. And thank you for all of the wonderful bloggy support - the comments and emails have meant so much to me and I really appreciate it, more than you will ever realize. This was a fun thing to do and I can't wait for next Sunday (March 7 - Blogger Run Day™!) to do it again.