|Jess and Kim|
The race was also pretty cheap. Registration was $10, $15 if you wanted a shirt or hat, and $25 if you wanted both. And there were tons of delicious homemade baked goods post-race, all prepared by Kim and her family.
The race itself was a flat out-and-back on a local paved trail. I knew that it would be a little narrow, so I lined up near the front. We took off, and it wasn't too bad. We quickly spaced out. The first mile was good, I did it in 7:30. Shortly after the first mile marker, I got passed by a guy pushing a double-wide jogging stroller.
I don't know if I was distracted by him in front of me, or near and after the turn-around I was distracted by people running in the opposite direction, but I kind of zoned out and slowed down. I should have pushed myself harder - my heart rate was around 176-177 for that mile, and I really should have been at 179. When mile 2 beeped at 7:58, I picked up the pace and pushed my heart rate to 180-182.
|Post-race: Jess, her niece, me|
Either way, my official time was 23:25, which is a four-second PR for me! So I'm pretty happy that I pulled that off, even with "falling asleep" in the middle. After I finished, I walked back on the course and found Jess, and finished the last half mile with her.
Time: 23:25, 7:34 pace
Overall: 35 / 231
F26+: 6 / 114
Females: 8 / 137
Don't forget! I'm raffling off a half-hour swim lesson session in Lisle or Rolling Meadows with my cousin Judie. Every $5 you donate to the American Cancer Society before February 14 = 1 entry.