|Carter with a giraffe after the race.|
Mom and dad ran the 5k while Jeremy, Thomas, and I were all in the 10k. Thomas had decided late in the game to switch to the 10k when I told him what a flat course it was. It was his first time racing a 10k. He'd run a 10k leg in our marathon relay and that was his only experience with the distance. Ty wasn't able to run as he is dealing with an ankle injury so he sat the race out with the kids. Thomas and I took the kids over to a playground while we waited for the 5k to start and then cheered for mom and dad from there. Jeremy met us over there and then when Ty came over I took off for my warm-up. The 10k started 30 minutes after the 5k which gave me plenty of time to warm up and use the restroom before heading to the start area. I saw the lady I ran with at the race last year and knew she'd blow me out of the water this year but enjoyed seeing her anyway. We chatted a little bit after the race and she felt for me coming back from an injury and some time off.
|Elise playing on the playground before the race.|
Jeremy, Thomas, and I started together. I had no trouble with my Garmin picking up satellites since I'd already had it connected for my warm-up. Jeremy and Thomas both had trouble and neither of them were connected to satellites when the race started. My plan was to just go out and see what I could do. I was hoping to be somewhere in the 7:00-7:15 pace range. I really was hoping I'd be closer to 7:00 minute pace but it was apparent early on in the race that wasn't going to happen. I could definitely feel the 20 miles/Wednesday speed work in my legs. I wasn't struggling aerobically, I was struggling with my legs. Between the 1k and 2k marks there were a couple of huge puddles that covered the entire race path and were about an inch deep. I chuckled a little in my head that I hadn't wanted to walk in the grass to get to the playground as I didn't want to get my shoes wet and here I was running through a giant puddle during the race. So much for dry shoes! My first mile split was 7:03. I was running a little bit back from a girl so I kept my sights on her and tried to reel her in. I went through the 2nd mile in 7:08. The course is 2 loops that aren't exactly the same. The first loop is a 5k loop and then the 2nd loop you turn early since you then go into the zoo for the last mile. I passed the girl I'd been going for a little before going through the 3rd mile in 7:12. When I came through the 5k mark I looked and saw I had run the 5k in 22:10 so I figured I'd finish around 44:30 since I'd looked right at 3.1 on my watch and my watch typically isn't right on with course splits.
|Me, Jeremy, and Thomas at the start of the race.|
|Me finishing the 10k, no man's land, haha!|
I saw Jeremy finish right behind me and then we went over to watch for Thomas. We were super impressed when he rounded the corner just flying and passed the 2 guys who had been right in front of him. Ty got a really great picture where it looks like the other guy is about to cry as Thomas is passing him. It was pretty awesome. He had such a fast finish that other people around us were commenting on his kick. He kept saying how much more fun racing is when you actually train. He was pretty pumped and I'd say he enjoyed his first 10k! I did my cool down through the zoo and then out into the parking lot. I ran by the tiger exhibit as the tiger walked back and forth in front of the glass roaring which was pretty cool. I always love doing my cool down in the zoo while seeing all the animals. The kids played on the inflatables while I ran my cool down and then we headed to show mom and dad the new exhibit. Carter really wanted them to see the binturong aka bear cat which is an animal we didn't know existed until the zoo added it to the new exhibit.
|Jeremy finishing the race.|
|Thomas blowing past people at the finish.|
|Me, Thomas, and Jeremy after the race.|
|Dad and mom with the kids after the race.|