We arrived at the start almost an hour early. I am terrible about wanting to be places early - I tend to be too early. I want to see the lay of the land and not be rushed. Nothing is worse than stressing the whole way somewhere.
Finally it was time to race! We all got in the corral. I planned to walk and we weren't sure what my husband's running time would be. He hoped to run about 5 of the 6 miles at around an 11:30 minute pace. We knew to stay in the back because we were slower. We might have done some internet research on race ettiquette :)
I had a Garmin watch malfunction..I believe they call it "user error." Turns out I didn't get it started at the beginning of the race. I was trying not to check my watch every 5 seconds so I didn't notice until about a 1/2 mile into the race. I started it as soon as I noticed. When it finally registered a mile I was happy to see I was just under a 15 minute/mile pace. I wondered how long I would be able to keep that up.
|Who doesn't love a gingerbread man??|
|By the time I saw this I figured my husband was finished and couldn't wait to see how he did.|
|Love these trails!!|
|I look a bit more wiped out here than I really felt.|