As of this morning, I can no longer say that I haven’t run further than 6 miles.
We signed up for the Love Run, benefiting Senior Concerns and Meals on Wheels, somewhere around January. We’d been looking for a race that was close to our wedding, and wasn’t too long (half and full marathons were out), and wasn’t too short (5K and 1 mile races were out). After searching on Active.com, the Love Run was the closest we came. Plus, who can resist an event called the Love Run 13 days before getting married?
Parking was abysmally marked when we arrived, about 20 minutes before registration opened. We’d picked up our race packets two days before (and purchased new Injinji socks and some running hats), so we didn’t need to wait in line, but we wanted time to get our bearings. Once we finally found the starting line, we got in line for the porta-potties and wandered the various booths for awhile.
We found a fabulous tent manned by Omega Rehab, who stretched our legs out thoroughly for free before the race started. We downed some bars (a Luna bar for me, Clif bar for Leo) about 30 minutes before the race started, and hit the bathrooms one more time.
The race got started around 8:15 due to the number of people waiting in the registration line. All told, I heard there were about 1,000 people registered for the race. It was an out-and-back course, for both the 5K and the 10K.
I felt great for about the first 5 miles. I would have run faster, but Leo was making sure I kept to our agreed upon pace (around 10:30/mile). It was a great course, mostly flat with a few hills, and there were the perfect number of water stations along the way. Around mile 4, my feet really started hurting, but Leo kept me going right through the finish. No walking at all for us, despite not having run more than 4 miles in a training run.
We finished at 1:05.55 (me) and 1:05.53(Leo) and were extremely happy with our race. It was so exciting to be racing in an athletic event again, and I can’t wait to do another one. Pictures to come once I’m not too lazy/in pain to get the camera out of the car. 🙂