|Our amazing cheer crew for the race!|
We took off at the start and I was struggling from the gun. I just couldn't really find a rhythm and my legs felt weird. Jeremy was quite a ways ahead of me and Thomas was between us. I caught up to Thomas after a little bit. There were quite a few girls ahead of me at the start and I slowly started picking them off after the first quarter of a mile. Usually I run with Jeremy for the first mile of the race but he already had a decent lead on me by the half mile mark. I could tell it probably wasn't going to be my day. I looked at my pace a couple times in the first mile and I was running 6:40-6:50 pace when I looked. We hit the cart path at about 3/4 of a mile and I finally started to feel like I was getting into a groove. I figured I was just having a rough start to the race. We went up the only hill on the course and I picked off the last 2 women ahead of me and focused my eyes on a pack of men running together in front of me who Jeremy was also gaining on. My first mile was 6:47. I told myself if I could run 6:44 pace for the next 2 miles I could still average 6:45 pace. As I came up on the end of the first lap I saw mom with the kids and was super excited to see them. Carter looked like he wanted to take off running with me which was cute. I always love hearing them cheer for me. I was surprised they made it so quickly because when I left the house for my warm up they were still in jammies.
|Running toward the end of the first loop.|
As my watch beeped for the 3rd mile, which I ran in 6:51, I looked toward the finish line and was pretty sure the race was going to be long because it looked like I had more than 1/10 of a mile to go. It turned out I was correct as my watch registered 3.17 miles and everyone I talked to had 3.2 on their Garmins. I rallied on the finishing stretch for 6:17 pace. I turned around and watched Thomas finishing pretty close behind me. My mouth was really dry and as I started to cheer for him I wasn't able to get out his whole name as I yelled, "Go Thomas," because I started dry heaving. I was a little embarrassed I was dry heaving after the performance I had but I think it had more to do with how dry my mouth was than having run really hard. After the race I was talking to Jeremy about how much I struggled with the grass portions of the race and he said he did too because they hadn't recently mowed the grass and it was pretty long. When he said that, it made a lot more sense!
|Running through the chute after the finish.|
|Jeremy after crossing the finish line.|
|Thomas coming up to the finish.|
|Dad finishing the race.|
|With our awards.|
|I put my bib on my shorts because I didn't want to cover up the special shirt I made with Elise's prints.|