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Well there was no sun, but there was plenty of fun!
Hope (sister in law) , Jan, (mother in law/our cheerleader) and I arrived, registered, and Hope and I took our place at the start line. It was gloomy, but not raining; in the low 70’s and a nice breeze off the ocean. *Perfect* running conditions in my opinion! I had zero expectations of myself for this race, other than to finish. It was somewhat of a relief to have that pressure off. Regardless, I still got a few butterflies in my stomach, yet Hope and I passed the time waiting by talking about school She’ll be joining me this fall in the Exercise and Sports Science program. Yeay! Anyway, the race timing guy said a few words that I couldn’t hear, and then the gun went off.
Finish/clock/chip time (all the same in these races!) 26:58. 8:41/mile avg. Certainly not a P.R, but for a “non race” race, on the soft sand, I’ll TAKE IT! And, it was good enough to earn me third place in my age group, Female 20-29.
Hope finished in 26:17. First place in her age group. Had I stuck by her side, I would have been second in my age group , as second place had a 26:19. But I’m not being competitive today right? Right. ha.
We stayed for the awards ceremony, collected our trophies, and did the happy dance because a) we love the hardware, and b) Hope ran faster than her guidance counselor (second from the left in her picture)