Mother's Day weekend I ran a quarter marathon, or 6.55 miles.
Last February I started running. Last May was my first race & it was this one, the Hippie Chick. Last year my goal was just to finish the race. And, I did. I walked the first 4 miles with friends, then ran the last 2.5 miles.
I remember being so nervous last year & feeling out of my element. I'm still not fast, but now I realize I don't have to be. I was much more comfortable being there this year. The only nerves I had were from wanting to run a good race.
:: Packet Pick-up ::
:: Race Day ::
|Starting line just minutes before the start time of 8:00am.|
|At the start line.|
I ran this one solo. So, throughout the race I asked other runners to take my pic.
|My goal was to finish the race with a 13:00 minute pace per mile, so I began the race next to this pace runner. After the start, though, I never saw her again.|
|At the half way point.|
This was just over a 5k distance. I ran that 5k at my fastest pace yet - 38:18.
|Along the race course they handed out Clif gel shots. I had never tried one before, so I tried one this time. It was very sweet & definitely gel like.|
|This 78 year old woman came in right after me. Amazing! She didn't even look out of breath.|
|Last year I didn't partake in the pancake breakfast after the race. This year, I did.|
Although, I didn't have the free beer I could have had. What is it with races & beer?
|Finishers stretching after their run & receiving congratulations from their families.|
|There was a band playing after the race. They were good. I feel bad for them that nobody was down there supporting them. I was enjoying their music from afar, though.|
|After the race I also got muscle milk & a ghiradelli chocolate bar. I had never had muscle milk before, so I tried it. I didn't love it. I haven't eaten the chocolate bar yet, but I'm sure I will enjoy it.|
:: Results ::
I've been running races now for an entire year. I don't plan on quitting anytime soon. Hopefully by this time next year I can even say I ran a half marathon.