It was freezing while we were waiting in the corrals, I think when I checked the weather it said 45, which was great for running but felt really cold when you were standing around. It’s a a little hard to see, but in the first picture below, the corral marker says 9000+, which M and I both felt made us feel very ‘un-special’. It was a large race, with over 8,000 finishers, and the final open corral was huge. It took just about 12 minutes for us to get to the starting line.
As I said, I didn’t have high hopes for this race. I knew I hadn't trained enough, I was worried about my stomach, and my hip, and my shins/knees etc. but, surprisingly, I had a great race. Sure, there was a point just before the finish line came into view when I was so tempted to just stop (this was just after what seemed like the 20th hill of the race), but I imagined how happy I would be if when I finished strong, without any walk breaks, so I pushed on. I crossed the finished line in exactly 40 minutes. Yes, that would be 40:00. Kind of cool, huh? In my wildest dreams my goal was to be under 40 minutes, so I guess I succeeded on all counts! I ran the whole thing with no walk breaks or stops, I saw three friends, I finished right at my goal time, and I had fun doing it (despite the hills- ugh!)! I know every race and run wont be as good as the one today was, however, there is something about running, that when it is good, its really good, and leaves a smile on your face all day.
After water, nibbling on apples bagels and lots of chit chat with friends, M and I walked slowly through the park in search of some coffee and a light brunch. As we walked we saw these two ladies who had run the race and were hightailing it out of the park, with extra bagels attached to their running belts. Snazzy!
Our afternoon wanderings took us into Lululemon, where I succumbed to a new pair of crops and a tank (oops!), and Trader Joe’s to stock up on groceries for the week. After showers at home we headed back out to the movies, to see the Five Year Engagement, which we both thought was hilarious. We have not been to see a movie in about a year and this was a great Sunday afternoon treat.