I showed up to the race plenty early. Dave and Anderson were able to enjoy all the festivities - the race benefited Nationwide Children's Hospital so there was a small petting zoo, free food and goodies, face painting, balloons, etc. Heaven for a three year old. I checked in, went to the bathroom one thousand times, and warmed up. It was a hot one, but the warm up went great and I thought I would be having a good race. Just a few minutes before the start of the race I went off to a side street to do a few more pickups and then I looked over and the race had started.
WTF?!? It was still six minutes until the start of the race!
Who starts a race early?!?
So I took off like a bat out of hell to try to get around everyone and hit the first mile mark in a 6:49. Now, I should be able to hold that pace but immediately I felt like the monkey jumped on my back. I felt terrible. My heart was jumping out of my throat and my legs would not go. I slowed down and just tried to hold on. And then I did something unbelievable in a 5K - I walked a water stop. Yep. I took in the water, got my stuff back together, and took off again. Unfortunately, my legs still wouldn't go and I did all I could to get to the finish line.
My finish time was 22:12. Not bad, but certainly not what I was thinking I would do. I finished fourth female and first in my age group. And my friend Eric? Just 20 seconds back. Woah.
And I enjoyed the festivities too. I got some ice cream and then watched my son man-handle some baby chicks.
Eric, myself, and his sister.
Official race pictures are supposed to be posted soon. Hopefully there'll be at least one where I don't look like how I was feeling - death.