I feel like I've let the two readers I have down by not posting about how my first race went. I apologize. I'll try not to let it happen again, promise.
4:30 Leave my house. I'm feeling excited and a little nervous.
4:45 Arrive at Ault Park, the venue for the race. Traffic was a pain but I was able to secure a good parking space close to the start.
4:50 After registering, getting a wrist band, race number and t-shirt, I start wandering around.
5:10 Run into my cousin Patty who was getting ready to drive the pace car.
5:30 Run into running buddy Dave. We start to head toward the starting line and find a spot about 3/4 of the way to the back
6:00pm: The race starts, kind of. It takes a while for the pack to move to past the start. It took me about 2 minutes to reach the line from when the gun went off.
Here's where everything turns into a blur. I started off really strong and thought I was maintaining a decent, but safe, pace. When we came to the first major hill, I was confident that I'd be able to conquer it and I did. I saw what I thought was the top and made that my target. The "top", however, wasn't the top at all. It was a turn onto another street that had an even steeper hill. At this point I was kicking myself for not running the course before hand like I had planned. I had to stop on the second hill for a second and from there on out ran-walked the rest of the race. My time was 33:04. Not bad for someone who's only been running for a few months, but not at all where I hoped to be.
Tonight is my first run since the race. I'm restarting my beginner 5k plan and going to try and get back on track with my nutrition so I can reach my weight goal.