This year the whole family signed up. I told Little Reader that I wanted to run this solo but will run her Girls on the Run with her at her pace in a few weeks. I wanted to go for a PR. She understood. Little Hugger and Little Man were planning on walking the whole thing. My husband said he would walk, but actually ended up running quite a bit.
I was determined to get a PR today, but I knew I would have to consistently run faster than my regular pace. The course was easy enough - flat, and straight for a little over a mile then a small loop before heading back the way we came. I had Endomondo set to tell me my expected finish based on current pace at each mile. I knew I was off to a strong start in the first and second mile but by the third mile I had a side stitch and I was losing steam. But at mile 3 endomondo told me my expected finish and I knew I still had it. Just at that moment one of the elite runners (who was already done) saw me and said,"Great job!". I crossed the finish line with the gun time showing less than my previous time.
Final times - 26:35 (1st in my age group), 3rd female overall. Unfortunately there are no medals given in this race, but at least I know I got it and 1:24 faster than my previous best.
Little Reader - 34:15 (5:16 better than 6 months ago thanks to Girls on the Run).
My husband finished in 39:13. He had never done a race before, and admitted that while he did walk a bit, whenever he was crossing a street or running past volunteers he felt he needed to pick up the pace. Yep, I know that feeling.
Around 45 minutes after the start we still hadn't seen Little Man & Little Hugger, so I walked back to find them, since I knew the police were starting to open the streets up. They were fine, just taking their time, ran the final block and finished at 1:01.