Here's our race shirt. Once again, the small is too big. They need to either make extra smalls or even better, gender specific shirts!!
I was a little nervous because a) I hadn't run much in 3 weeks, since the Disneyland Half Marathon, because of my injury and b) because it was the first race I'd be completely alone from leaving my house to getting home.
I did something really stupid. The day or two before the race, I went and got new shoes. I figured that my shoes had to be my heel problem so I went all the way up to Fleet Feet. I had them look at the way I ran again, and the girl decided I didn't need to be in Guidance shoes, but in Neutral shoes. I had always ran in Guidance but I'd been told several times I didn't really need it so I decided to try the Brooks Defyance. Dumb dumb dumb.
As for the being alone, it was a little awkward to just be standing around by myself and to ask someone to take a picture of me (not sure why, since I ask random strangers to take pictures of me and my friends all the time). But I needed my pre-race photo.
Around mile 5, my knee started bugging me. Not the one that I injured the year before. My good knee. I was hoping it was just a random thing. (Nope--it got worse and I had to get an MRI and everything. They can't tell what's wrong though. It finally started feeling better and then I re-injured it during the 6k on Thanksgiving. But that's another story. I really shouldn't have run in new shoes. I know they say nothing new on race day, but I have a tradition where I ALWAYS wear a new race outfit. And I'd never had a problem with shoes before. Live and learn I guess)
Anyways, I finished the race only a little past a minute over my other 15k time so not too bad.
After the race they had several tents. There was an insanely long line for Panera bagels so I skipped it and got a smoothie sample and walked around for a little bit.
My official time was 1:42:53 with a pace of 11:02. I was 1086th place overall, 125th in my age division, and 547th in my gender. Right over the middle for everything.
It was a fun race and the first of 3 race weekends in a row!!