|The full group!|
I'll back up a bit here, and say I had a minor melt down on Wednesday night when I ran a 29:30 5K time, much slower than I had been running. Luckily I have an amazing husband and friends who supported and encouraged me that Saturday would be better.
Back to the race. Kecka and I started out together, and fought our way through the crowd at the start. At the first half mile we were around 8:45, which felt pretty good. Each half mile, Kecka ran a little faster, and at 1.5 miles she had the pace down to 8:18. After a rough week training, and knowing that was faster than I'd ever finished 3.1, I let her go ahead. My uncle Mike was standing around the 2 mile mark cheering us on, which was a big boost for me. The last 1.1 miles were right along Lake Michigan. It was really pretty, even though it was a little cold and windy. I was still running at a good pace at 2.5 miles, so I picked up my speed a little, and when the finish line was in sight I ran as fast as I could.
|3 Generations: My mom, Miss and and me!|
The official time for the race had my at 26:38, a personal best itself, but the timing started everyone at the same time, not when I actually crossed the start line. My timing of the race was 25:59! When E asked me what time would make me ecstatic on Friday I said low 26s, so breaking 26 was absolutely amazing for me. I guess all those early mornings this summer paid off! Kecka finished well in front of me, and finished 2nd in her age group!
Overall I was really happy that we did this event as a family, and I ended up with a PR too!