So we didn't leave for KC until 5:30. We got there around 7:30 the in-laws were out and they had made spaghetti for me. The kids and I gobbled up some and went to bed. We were asleep by 9 at the latest. Sunday morning
Finally it was time to line up. I told my Mother in law that my goal was to finish around 25 minutes. I made my way to the start line. The line was long. This was the biggest race I'd ever participated in. The have 3500 spaces open for 2 races. The race sold out. I'm standing there with about 10 minutes left and doing some stretching. A guy next to me asks how many times I've ran this before and I said this is my first time. He said "well it's completely flat." I grinned and said "Great so I should win because I train on hills." Our conversation went on he ran this race many time before. We wish each other good luck and the gun fires.
The start of a packed race is like a one car accident on the interstate. No one is injured but everyone stops and slow down to look. With it being underground my phone didn't have signal so the mapmyrun app didn't work. Which may or may not have been a blessing. I didn't know how fast or slow I was running. I know my feel good pace, but I like having the reassurance that I'm running at that pace. At mile 1 I felt amazing. At mile 2 I felt better than I did at mile 1. I kept pushing myself, kept running past people. At mile 3 I couldn't believe that the race was almost over. I kick it in come around the corner and see the finish line. The clock on the finish line reads 25:00. My heart sinks, my goal was to be under 25 on my 27th birthday.
I followed a group of runners to a table with computers set up. The guy typed in my number and gave me a little piece of paper with my actual chip timing time. I felt the tears well up when I read 24:49.6. Happy Birthday to me!! I set a PR!!
|Before the race|
|After the race|
Next race 5 mile trail run on February 26th!!