|the kids and I enjoying some post race festivities|
They had the starting line at the back of the zoo on the service road, there were also three porta potties sitting there which didn't seem like very many, but I only had to wait a couple minutes to use one so that was good.
I did a warm up loop on the route and got a little worried as there were a lot of potholes in the road and it didn't always seem clearly marked. There was also a really curvy section and more hills than I remembered. When I ran past the wolf exhibit two wolves ran along the fence with me.
I was coming off of a very high mileage week so I wasn't sure how my legs were going to feel for the race, but I did feel pretty tough wearing my Team Tough Chik tank for the first time in a race.
I lined up near the front, it looked like a bit of a cluster as it was a wide start and it rapidly narrowed. The gun went off and so did we. The first mile felt really good and was spent passing people who went out too fast. I ran it in 6:42, which my have been a little too fast for me also.
The second mile felt good for the most part, but I was starting to feel all those miles this week. I did continue to pass people, mostly guys. I am sure they loved getting passed by a girl in bright blue zebra knee high socks and a shirt that said "This is what tough looks like" on the back. HA!
We also looped back around during the second mile so that we were now running back the way we had came and running into people. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and only had to push past someone once. Second mile was 7:01
The third mile was hard! There seemed to be lots of hills and turns and curvyness in the trail. I even missed a turn and ended up hurdling a rope fence to get back on track. The best part was I got to repass a guy I had passed just before I missed the turn and he didn't. Mile three 7:08
I was ready to be done and glad I only had another .10 miles at this point, but no it was really another .26 miles. I was really glad to see the finish line and finished at 22:39. I ended up second female overall and was a top ten finisher which earned me a Walmart Gift Card for $25. Nice!
My Mom brought in the kids and we hung out for kid races and an Easter Egg hunt. All of which was chaotic and fun for the kids.
|Mom and my kids and my sister's kids|
|My sis ran too, here we are with all our kids.|
|Crazy easter egg hunt, not sure where my kids are, but I found them eventually!|
All in all it was a fun morning. Perfect weather, an interesting course and lots of fun! I would do this one again.