I was excited about the theme, St. Patrick's Day and Irish pride but not ready for the weather. If only I could run in FL every winter and CT every summer because it was cold! Running fast in the cold makes my lungs burn, runners understand, so running fast and PRing this race didn't feel like an option.
I didn't even stay with the dream team for one mile which made the race feel so much longer. When it looked like I was one of the final 5 people, I felt pressure to run faster which got me tired out. By mile 3 I was feeling exhausted and defeated. Then I took the final loop and realized I was heading back and found myself last, which now I know I wasn't but there wasn't even one person behind me for the entire 2 miles heading back. I was "racing" with one guy, which I'm guessing was a 16 year old according to the race results. I'm sure he was thinking exactly what I was thinking, "I must beat him so I'm not last." Because I think we were both making sure we didn't finish last, but I did not speak to him, we were seriously racing. He ended up finishing right in front of me, I am happy neither of us had to finish last.
But I finished and saw my friends at the finish line. We enjoyed the race after party and watched the awards as we hoped one of us would win a costume award, which we didn't, but it was a good try. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we were all inspired from an 80 year old, Herman, who ran the race in a great time! Overall, I am glad I ran it so I am one step closer to the jacket, but as a slow runner I would rather run a large race so I guarantee that I never finish last.
Time: 1:06:15 Pace: 13:16
"Promise me you'll always remember you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and starter than you think" -Christopher Robin to Pooh