Anyway, so what happened. Well, it was cold. 58F cold....Even after running the race I was still cold. That's pretty cold. So, started off pretty good. I seeded myself at the back of the pack and just took off slow. I worked on keeping my own pace and not falling victim to the pack mentality. I know myself and I know that starting running is hard. After about 7 minutes of running my legs were hurting, so I walked for a minute. I did this run/walk thing for about 1 mile. After that I was pretty good and ran mostly. I hit the 2 mile mark at 28 minutes and was feeling really good. I took my last walking break and prepared to take it in to the finish line. I started running and bam! knee pain. Yikes! I haven't had anything like that in a long time. I just kept plugging along and the knee would hurt every few steps but nothing I couldn't handle. I tried to sprint to the finish but I just didn't have it in me. I finished in 42:20 ish. Not bad. Not great, but not near as bad as I thought it might be.
- I love the atmosphere and camaraderie of races
- I need to work on my endurance
- I'm a wuss when it comes to cold.