I have a new favorite race!

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.

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What’s that? Why yes, it IS my favorite cupcake place.

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Thanks for ruining my photo, random dude.

I did some people watching. Check out this skirt:

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Then I headed to the start line on Main Street. There was a great turnout for the first running of this race!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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It was a pretty perfect day.;

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One Response to I have a new favorite race!

  1. barif0815 says:

    Sounds like a great return to racing! Congrats, girl.

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