Yesterday was my first race in a long time, and you guys, it was everything I could have hoped for. For starters, it was in my town so I was able to walk to the start and walk home after. Packet pickup the night before was a breeze, and from start to finish it was extremely well organized.
The race offered both a half marathon and 4 mile option, and I think there was also a kids’ run earlier. I elected to run the 4 miler this year. The weather was beautiful and it was a nice walk to the town green, where everything was set up. The food trucks were waiting.
What’s that? Why yes, it IS my favorite cupcake place.
Thanks for ruining my photo, random dude.
I did some people watching. Check out this skirt:
Then I headed to the start line on Main Street. There was a great turnout for the first running of this race!
The first 2 miles of the race were mostly uphill. The first 1/3 mile was a decent sized hill that had me wondering why the hell I had signed up.
There was a brief downhill then another 1/4 mile steep hill (where I do hill repeats). Ugh. Luckily I am very familiar with the race course as I run most of the roads regularly, and drive on the rest, so I had the advantage that I knew where the hills were and how long/steep.
I saw my cheerleaders about a mile in. J put H in the hiking backpack so they could come support. H loved every second of it and the smiles and kisses were great motivation.
A little over a mile in I ran into a coworker, who was doing the half. I ran with him for about a mile and a half, which slowed me down a bit as he is a little slower than I am. But it was nice to chat.
The last two miles were largely downhill or flat and were my fastest. My official time was 40:53, Garmin time was 40:24. Given that I hadn’t run more than 3 miles in 2 years and that it was my first race back I was pleased with my time, as I anticipated finishing in 42-44 minutes. Had I known I would be so close to breaking 40 minutes, though, I wouldn’t have run with my coworker for so long! Oh well.
Finishers of both the half and the 4 mile got medals. Sweet!
After I finished I met up with J and H and we headed to the green, where I got pizza from our favorite place, Mondo (I gave it to J since it’s not vegan), and a cupcake from NoRA (they had vegan chocolate raspberry). Then a leisurely stroll back home, enjoying the sunshine.
I hung my medal with my other medals and a few of my race bibs.
It was a pretty perfect day.;