Here are Mike and I in the car before the race. We were able to park on the side of the road directly behind the start line. We stayed in the toasty car until a few minutes before the start. Then we just hopped out and lined up towards the front of the pack. We just ignored those nasty looks from those who weren't smart enough to park in such a great spot. Hey, if they had slipped us a few bucks (or given us a pitiful look) we would have let them sit in the car with us!
It was snowing a little, but all of the sidewalks were perfectly clear. After the first quarter mile or so the crowd broke up enough that I could run at my own pace. The sun came out and I was thankful for the cold temps since I was sprinting my little heart out! I despise being hot when I run, so once I got going I was glad for the breeze and the cold.Here we are after the finish. Mike cruised in at 21:53, not a PR but pretty good given the crowd and that it is the first race of the season. I finished in 27:07. Even though it is almost 2 minutes slower than my PR, I was really happy. My plantar fasciitis flared up this week and my legs have been feeling heavy during my training runs. I was honestly thrilled that I was under 30 minutes.
We were able to meet up with Kris, a friend and fellow runner who was there with a couple friends all training for a marathon in May. Here are Kris and I:Yes, she looks very cute in her Valentine-ish pink Target top. Why didn't I think to wear something red or pink?
There was no official timing, but they did give us a very nice, long sleeved technical shirt and heart shaped cookie at the end. Gotta love a cookie after a race! Happy Valentine's Day and loving thoughts to Nancy!