I completed the race on Saturday with my Run for God group. I have to say its so much more fun and motivating to be there with a group!!
We met at the church at 6:30am to carpool to the race and the weather was actually a pleasant 60 degrees – but there was a chance of rain. By the time we got uptown and parked, the weather had changed quite dramatically – it was only a 20 minute ride!! As we walked to the check-in area we braved a pretty strong head wind and misty rain – the temps had dropped to the mid 50’s as well. I was so glad I had worn pants and a long sleeve top, others weren’t so fortunate. The saving grace was the long sleeve t-shirts they gave out with our bibs!
As for the race, I have to say I was pretty happy that the course was fairly flat. There was only one significant hill and it came right after the 2 mile marker. They had a timer set up at mile 1 and I passed it at 12:36…not too bad. My final time was 40:07; slower than I finished a few years back but I was also 20lbs lighter and in better shape!
Overall I’m very happy with this outcome and I think I might join the group for the next Run for God program which is 10k or Half. I don’t know that I’ll really try to complete the 10k training but just meeting with the group each week will help me maintain my running plan.