When we arrived at the race it appeared very small. We also noticed that there were apple pies for the age group awards and individual-sized apple pies as a finisher's award. Sweet! Literally! So we were ready to race to earn our pie. The race started with kids races starting with a crawl for babies that could not yet walk. Seriously cute. I wish Anderson could have participated. After the kids races we all lined up. Dave lined up close to the front, I was a few rows back, and Dad lined up even further back. We took off and I felt pretty comfortable. I was huffing and puffing but did not feel out of control. I was surprised, then, when I hit the first mile marker in 6:45. Sure the first mile was downhill, but things felt fine so I kept rolling. During the second mile I got passed by two people pushing strollers. I thought for sure I was slowing down, but I wasn't as I hit the two mile mark at 7:04. Then I got thinking, hmmm, maybe I've got a shot to PR?! Seven minutes came and went in the third mile and then eight minutes. Where the heck was that mile marker (I never saw it)? I tried my hardest to repass the girl with the stroller but came up just a little short. In the end I raced a 23:08 which is a whole minute faster than my first 5K back from pregnancy. Dave ran a 21:30. What's crazy is that I finished third in my age group out of over 45 (30-39 age group) and therefore I got a big pie. Even crazier, I was less than 15 seconds from winning my age group.
Dave finished 5th in his age group with a 21:30. He was only 17 second out of placing. That sucks (for him) that he beat me by a minute and a half and I was the one who placed in my age group. My dad, who raced in the 50+ age group finished 14th!!!! in his age group and he was about halfway in his age group. Holy moly! That's a lot of old dudes. :)
The baby looks so happy to be having his picture taken.
It may have been a small race, but it was competitive. They've already said they're bringing the race back next year and I look forward to running it again.
Next up, trail racing!