I tell you what - I was a bit cranky Friday evening. I know it was nerves. This race would tell me where I was with my ankle. Now, some people might think I was a little crazy, doing a race for my first run in ten weeks, but haven't you heard? Runners ARE a bit crazy!
The good news is that my ankle didn't hurt while I was running. I cannot tell you what a relief that was! This means that I should be able to ease my way back into running, which is a good thing, since my running club starts back up this coming Saturday. I was able to run just over a mile before I had to take my first walking break - walking because my lungs needed it, not because my ankle needed it. I then walked and ran my way to the finish line - 1.88 miles in total!
And now (you knew this was coming) - pictures!
Now the length of this race really didn't call for pre-fueling with much of anything, but hey, since I had some GU Chomps, why not? This flavor had a tiny bit of tartness that I liked. Jeff and I each had a couple - besides liking the flavor, our only other comment was that they were a bit sticky.
The race started and all runners headed the same direction, which was great because I got to run with Jenny and Jeff for a bit. Weird also - this was my first time running with Jeff...good thing we had Jenny as a buffer between us! About .6 of a mile the 5K people turned left on the course while the 3K's made a U-turn. Because this was billed as a family-friendly race, there were a lot of kids, strollers (with the babies wearing race bibs...cute!) and dogs. It was just fun to be out in such a nice group of people. Oh! I almost forgot - as we crossed one intersection where the local police were stopping traffic, the cop there called out "Hi, Shelley!" - all three of us did a double-take...then I realized it was Darryl, from my running club! He is a retired policeman but comes back to work these kinds of events. Really fun to see him, and I even got a "high five" from him on the way back!
I was getting close to the turn toward the finish line when I saw Jeff coming toward me - what I want to know is when did I become the race photographer?!? Anyway, I crossed the finish line - woohoo! Obviously no picture because my pit crew abandoned me to become a runner - what nerve!
This is Mary Ann - my former co-worker's baby. She and her mama were at the finish line and she was so cute, waving and cheering on all the finishers.
Dueling Garmins - Hers:
Mile 1 was an 11:35 pace - not bad for my comeback! Of course the second .88 was a 13:15 pace - still, I am ELATED!
Dueling Garmins - His:
...where I got this swag - please note A) I did not grab all those bandage holders, they gave me that many; and B) black and white head in lower corner is Paco investigating the goods!
For a race that had a health expo afterward, I have to say it was a little contradictory to have these ginormous, sugar-and-calorie-laden muffins as post-race fuel. We just ate a banana...ok, we also had plans for a trip to IHOP, but still...those muffins don't even cross my radar as an option to eat anymore.
They had a lot of door prizes and Jeff won a gift certificate for a Road ID! You know I promptly stole that from him - I've been wanting the Wrist Elite, and now it shall be mine!
All in all, a very good day!