|Ty ready for the race.|
|Dad and Carter finishing the fun run.|
|Mom looked awesome as a leprechaun!|
|Jeremy and Thomas looking festive before the race.|
I ran a 2 mile warm up and was so cold. It was definitely colder than I was expecting! The wind was pretty strong and coming from the north so we would run into the wind on the way out. As I ran my warm up I reminded myself that the first mile of this race is always slow for me since you start off running uphill. It takes me a while to get my legs under me. I typically do really well on hills but starting off a race uphill is a struggle for me. With the added difficulty of the wind I was prepared to be disappointed with my first mile split. I figured I'd be able to pick it up a little during the 2nd mile because a portion of the mile would be after the turnaround so we'd be running downhill for part of it. My goal was to break 21 minutes since I'd run a 21:18 at the Sweetheart Run while just running fairly comfortably since I was running a 10k after the 5k. I was hopeful that I might be able to sneak under 20:30 but my speedworkouts lately weren't indicating that was a strong likelihood. My plan was to go out at 6:45 or under for the first mile and attempt to pick it up on the second half of the race so I could be significantly under 21 minutes for my finishing time. I was taking my sweats off to put them under the stroller when Jeremy headed to the start but it was easy to find him in the corral since he was wearing his big green hat. I walked into the corral at the same time as a woman on the Oklahoma Sports and Fitness race team so I followed her up toward the front and stood next to Jeremy. We took off and I felt pretty good. I reminded myself to run conservatively the first mile since I had the hills and the wind to battle. Jeremy was a little ahead of me and I passed him probably half a mile into the race. I went through the first mile in 6:44 and was pleased that I had hit right at my goal. As we neared the turn around I counted women going the other direction who had already turned around. I counted that I was 7th overall and I felt like I had 2 women within striking distance if I could run a strong second half. Jeremy must've been running along right behind me because I went a little wide around the cone for the turn around and he suddenly popped out in front of me. I was shocked and excited to see him. My goal for the 2nd half was to stick with him because he normally runs a really strong last mile. I knew if I could stay with him, I'd be doing well.
|Jeremy got a lot of cheers and compliments on his hat.|
Jeremy finished 4 seconds ahead of me in 20:23. He was 39th out of 1,756 overall and 4th out of 91 in his age group. My time of 20:27 put me 41st overall, 7th out of 1,004 females, and 3rd out of 127 in my age group. Last year I was 6th overall and 1st in the same age group so there were definitely some faster ladies in their 30's out there this year! Dad and Thomas ran much of the race together. Thomas is coming back from a few weeks off due to bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection and dad was recently diagnosed with COPD which explains why he has been struggling so much with his running. Thomas finished in 23:57 which put him 157th overall and 15th of 74 in his age group. Dad finished in 24:40, good for 203rd overall and 8th out of 55 in his age group. He said he was probably first place in the COPD category. Ty ran with the kids in the double stroller. We are getting to the point where they are just too darn big to be doing that anymore. I don't know how he did it up that long hill in the first half of the race. He said his lifting definitely helped with that and he had no choice but to run fast on the way back because the stroller went so fast on the downhill. He finished in 32:11 which put him 730th overall, and 67th out of 91 in his age group. Mom finished in 35:13 which put her 933rd overall and 5th out of 33 in her age group. I was extremely pleased with my race. I ran faster than I had been willing to hope based on my speedwork times and I was tickled with how fast I'd run my last mile. Even though I ran an entire 5k at 6:16 pace not that long ago, I was really pleased with just my last mile at that pace with how things have gone recently. Plus it was so much fun to run with Jeremy. I told him it's too bad he's slower since his accident but it sure is nice for me because I get to run with him! The best part of all was that this was the first race in over a year I was able to run with no glute or hamstring pain. My hamstring was sore after the race but recovered well and I was able to run 9 miles the following day with no issues! I'm excited for the half marathon but I'm almost more excited for a summer of easy running to fully heal my glute and hamstring so I can train for a PR marathon in the fall!
|Mom finishing the race.|
|Talking while the kids played in the bounce houses.|