|The shirts this year were really cute and super soft too!|
I ran a 2 mile warm up and holy cow was the wind cold! It took a while for my hands and feet to warm up so I was glad I went with a 2 mile warm up instead of a mile. Once I got warmed up I stayed warm, thankfully. Even waiting for the race to start my hands and feet didn't go numb. I stood with Jeremy and Thomas at the start and we took off. I followed the guys out in front, slowly curving toward the left as we took off. It wasn't until after we passed some cones that I realized we were likely supposed to go out and around the cones to turn left. I mentally knew the course was likely going to be a smidge short due to what they inadvertently cut off. I talked to dad after the race and he said even the people he was running with followed the guys in front so I just had to chalk it up to poor communication at the race start. The guys in front were asking about where to go at the start and were told to go left so that's what they did. They should have been told to go out and around the cones. I knew the first mile would go out fast since we'd have the wind at our back going down that runway for most of the mile. I was feeling good and didn't look at my watch too much. I did glance at it twice. Once it showed 6:15 and once it showed 6:20 pace. I was a little worried that if I hit 6:20 with the wind at my back I'd struggle to average 6:25 or under total since I'd definitely slow with the wind at my face. Pretty much right off the start there were 3 guys out in front and then a couple guys right in front of Jeremy and one person between him and me. We turned to the next runway and had the wind at our face for a little bit before the first mile mark. We went through the first mile in 6:13. I was pleased with that and knew I could run 6:27 into the wind and still be on the 6:20 pace I'd been hoping for. On the next runway I scanned the other side looking to see how close the 2nd female was behind me but didn't see another female for a long time. I wondered if I missed seeing the 2nd female go by but was more concerned with time than place so didn't worry about it.
|Staying warm at the race start.|
|Taking off at the start.|
|I liked the medal so much I hung it on my special rack I usually only display half and full marathon medals on.|
|Elise and Oma wore matching airplane leggings.|