|My first race bib!|
|My race pic- sorry the proofs just came out!|
The king started the race with "One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, runners go go go!"and we were off. I had never been for a run in Regatta Park so I was looking forward to the course. Regatta Park is right along the river where the crew teams practice and it was gorgeous this morning. It was just an out and back course, and along the way went over bridges and through little tunnels and had a lot to look at so the race never felt boring.
|A really lame pic of Regatta Park|
dragged brought my mom to this race because I'm kind of a chicken (ok sometimes a huge chicken) and I didn't want to run alone in my first race. She's a little bit slower than me (I mean teeny difference) and I could've sped up and had a better race time in the end, however, I decided to finish with her and I'm glad I did. We ended up finishing at 40:25 according to the website, and 40:00 according to my Garmin.
|The Course Map|
This race was pretty small, and the small number of runners were split between the 5k and 10k too, so awards were really easy to get. Mom got 1st in her age group, and I got third! While I'd love to leave it at that, I have to admit that we both got our awards by default ( only 3 in my age group and 1 in hers). But an award is an award, right?! We both got t-shirts for our "award".
I am so glad I did this race, not only because it was fun, but because it taught me a lot of things:
- Even though I have asthma and warm air inside on the treadmill is much less risky, I need to practice outside some too- running outside is a totally different thing.
- If I want to run with mom at my half marathon, I better practice her pacing. I'm used to running 3 walking 2 now but she does like 30/30 so I have to get used to shorter recovery time.
- Speed-walking does not mean good photography - hence the lack of pictures from my race
- Running without music can be nice when you don't have to listen to the noisy treadmill
- Runners are nice - we got a ton of encouragement along the way
- Kids can run! - we had a 7-year-old girl finish in 26 minutes. What the what??!!
- I need to be more independent - While running with mom was a total blast, and I'm not trying to set any world records, if I want to be the runner I'd love to be one day I need to be ok with running alone sometimes. I'm just used to doing EVERYTHING with my friends, family, or BF. However, since only mom runs, I can't expect her to come to every race I want to run in, or to keep up with me if I want to PR.
- I want Mr. Perfect there next time- the bf was out of town this race and I missed him! It would've been great if he had been at the finish line with a hug. I thought if he was there I might be embarrassed by my time, but really I think I would've been fine. I'm over my time embarrassment- I'm doing what I can and that's good enough for me.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to run my first race! I had a blast and can't wait for the next one!