I ran the race, and survived! It was my first one and honestly, it wasn't too bad. I wasn't able to keep my goal of running under 10 minute miles...But I did keep a pace of 10 min. 15 sec. per mile. I have always run on a treadmill and didn't take into account what those blasted hills would do to me outside. oh well, live and learn, right?!
As nerdy or ridiculous as this my sound, I loved the energy in the atmosphere during the race. It was exhilarating to have people sitting on the side lines cheering you on. At the finish line there were hundreds of people clapping and screaming for each person coming in. It didn't matter if you were the guy in first place, two ladies that walked and came in last, or me, the girl smack in the middle...we all got the same energetic reception. it was wonderful.
I was hoping to post a really great picture of me looking my absolute best, but unfortunately not one of us remembered to bring cameras...but don't worry, the city they took some photos while we were running and as soon as they are posted I promise I will put it, no matter how terrifying it might be!
oh, and I thought I should mention, my two lightening fast sister in laws ran the half and both kept paces under 9 minutes for all 13 miles. You guys rock.