Since my dad had picked up our race packets the night before, and we had less than a five minute drive, we didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn. But we did get there early enough to cheer for the half-marathoners as they started their race at seven am.
|Before the start of the race.|
My dad was running the 10K, so we warmed up a little and then he sarted his race at seven thirty. I was all on my own until the 5K started at eight. I was so nervous! At least this time I remembered to get closer to the front of the pack at the start. Last time I was little annoyed with how tight it go at the start. When the horn finally blew everyone took off like they were shot out of a cannon. I try really hard to pace myself slow for the first mile, so a lot of people passed me right off the bat. I tried not to worry about it, and promised myself I would pass them later! I saw my dad on the other side of the road about one mile in as he was heading back in the 10K. Around the halfway point I knew I was doing pretty good, because my Nike app told me my time was thirteen minutes. After the turnaround I was running right into the hot, hot morning Florida sun. Ugh. It was a little brutal. When I turned the corner for the final stretch to run back into the park for the finish line my dad, having aready finsihed his race, came running out to see how far back I was. He said later, he was surprsied to see me so close to the finish line already! He also told me my mom, Matthew and the kids were waiting for me at the finish line and that definitely helped me finsih faster! Also, he told me he had my time at 25 minutes and change. I couldn't believe it! I guess I had stopped paying attention to my GPS on my phone and was just running. I had no idea I was going that fast! When I finally turned around to the home stretch I saw Elijah right away, he was wearing red and I took out my headphones so I could hear them shouting "Go mommy!"
|Matthew was my official race photographer. Also, I look hilarious running...|
|Sort of smiling.|
After I crossed the finish line and met up with my family we waited for my official time. I had the time off my app, but you know you have to get the official one! They had a big screen TV with the leaders for each age group announced and I saw right away that my dad had won grand master, he also came in third overall for the 10K. So we waited and finally I saw the results for the female 25-29...and saw that I had WON my age group with a time of 26:43! Basically the fastest run ever for me. I was so excited and proud of myself it's ridiculous. And it was so much more fun to share the experience with all of my family!
|My little fan club.|
|One more! (Elijah was already dressed for the pirate festival.)|
|With my lovely medal. It even says "First Place!"|
|My dad getting his award from the pirate wench.|
So, here's the breakdown. I came in 1st out of 5 for my age group. 18th overall out of 105. And 8th out of all the women.
My next race is November 9th, if the National parks are open again by then!