I was so excited for this race to start! My sister-in-law ran it with me and it was her first race. It was fun to help her out with little tips.
The race started and I started running. My first (and main) goal was to run the whole thing. The race was at Thanksgiving Pointe, running through the gardens. It was beautiful, but hilly. Not gonna lie, those hills were hard. Instead of concentrating on the hill in front of me, I looked down, focused on my feet, my breathing, and my music. Before I knew it, I was at the top. And I kept running.
My other goal was to finish in under 37 minutes. I've never done a 6k before, so I didn't have a time to beat. 37 minutes just seemed reasonable enough. I was running 5ks in 34 minutes and I always run faster for races.
So, when my iPod told me I was done, the time said 39 minutes. But I wasn't done. I still had a ways to go. Apparently, my iPod has been under-judging the distance on my runs. When I crossed the finish line, I came in at just under 44 minutes. And my iPod said I had gone 4 miles. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed in my time. But then I looked at my 3.5 mile run last week and realized that I matched that time. So I did increase my speed. I also got my Farthest Run, Fastest Mile, and Fastest 1k badge.
Overall, I came in 101st out of 294 women. I was 39th out of 114 in my age group. I feel very good about that. Now I have a time to beat!
Here's some pictures of the race.
Before the race (It was cold!)
Waving at my baby. When I saw her, I almost started to cry.
Next race: The Night of the Living Dead 5k on Saturday. I'm going to be a zombie!!