The kids' fun run started at 8:30 and we parked around 8:15. The kids and I headed right to the start while Ty aired up the tires of the double stroller and met us there. Elise wanted me to run with her and then asked Oma to run with her too. Carter wanted to run alone. It was 35 degrees at the race start so the kids both wanted their coats. Elise was doing such a great job. She'd walk a little bit here and there but when she was running, she was really getting after it! We could see Carter ahead of us and after the turn around we were really catching up to him. When we started running with him he took his coat off and gave it to me so Elise wanted to take hers off too. Carter sat down at one point so Elise sat beside him and waited. As we approached the finish line Carter told Elise, "Let's tie," and that's what they did. It was so cute! We finished in 14:29 which was 13:16 mile pace since the course was 1.09. That may have been one of Elise's faster miles! When we finished I passed the kids' coats off to Ty as they went into the bounce house between races and I headed out for my warm up. I ran out to Riverside so I could use the restrooms there before heading back and skip the porta potty lines. I ran a 2 mile warm up and ran the last half-mile a little over half marathon pace to help get my legs ready to run fast which was a tip given to me by my friend, Sara, a while back.
I had waffled back and forth about tights vs. shorts on race morning. Eventually I went with tights since it was supposed to be 35 degrees at the race start. I packed shorts and capri tights so I could switch if I changed my mind. My thin tights and underarmour were perfect on my warm up which made me think I would be overdressed for the race. I knew it was supposed to warm up quickly as the sun came out and it showed it would be 44 degrees by 10 am. When I finished my warm up I was kicking myself for not planning better. I meant to put my bag with a change of clothes under the stroller so if I changed my mind I'd have them to change into. In my rush to make it to the start of the fun run, I'd forgotten my bag in the car. If I'd had my clothes to change into I would have switched to shorts before the race, but I didn't really get overheated during the race. I did drop my gloves off with Ty before heading to the start because I didn't need them. I wondered how I'd find Jeremy in the starting area because I like to start with him. Then I saw his big green St. Patrick's Day hat and made it to him pretty easily. The front was packed and there were quite a few people who started up too far. I had to weave around a bit at the start and it took me a while to get down to even 6:30 pace. Eventually I was able to run out to the left and pass people to the far left. Jeremy had a decent lead on me from the start. I felt pretty fluid and strong. The first mile is usually a bit slower because you have a few small but long inclines to go up. My goal was to run the first 2 miles around 6:20 or under and then smoke the last mile of the race with the downhill. I went through the first mile in 6:15. I was really happy with that and hoped I could hold it close to that for the 2nd mile.
|The start line of the 5k.|
|Mom got some pictures of me and Jeremy as she ran by going the other direction.|
|Finishing with a smile!|
Jeremy placed 26th out of 1,382 total finishers and 3rd out of 66 in his age group with a time of 19:15. I finished in 19:18 which was good for 28th overall, 3rd out of 764 females, and 1st out of 92 in my age group. Thomas finished in 21:46 which put him 75th overall and 9th out of 70 in his age group. Dad had an awesome race, finishing in 24:11, good for 149th overall and 10th out of 34 in his age group. Ty pushed the double stroller and finished in 29:18. He placed 419th overall and 35th in his age group. Mom ran the race in 35:41. She was 737th overall and 7th out of 32 in her age group. This is such a competitive race with a lot of really fast runners. I was excited to placed 3rd overall female. The highest I've ever placed in the past was 6th overall but I also beat my fastest time on this course by almost a minute! 57 seconds to be exact. I've never raced particularly well at this race until last year where I pulled out a good time by running a smoking fast last mile after 2 sub-par first miles. This year was the first year where I felt like I ran a pretty much flawless race. It was the best race I've ever run on this course and I was very excited for that. Since this race is a big deal for my race team I was glad I put together such a solid race for me! Read about last year's race here, 2017's race here, 2016's race here, 2014's race here, and a different St. Patrick's Day race we ran in 2013 here.
|Picture mom got of Thomas during the race.|
|Ty pushing the kids in the stroller.|
|Mom finishing in her leprechaun costume.|
|I got a beer stein for being 3rd overall female and one for being 1st in my age group.|