Saturday, June 02, 2012
It was a fabulous morning - the weather was perfect for running. It cooled down a lot last night after the thunderstorms.
I drove down to Newark and found free parking, so I was off to a good start!
The race started at 9 AM, I got there at 8 AM, so after I picked up my racing bib, I went to the raceshirt table. The lady started apologizing like crazy because she didn't have any "smalls" left - I hadn't asked for my size. I really wanted to run around and hug her! She made my day. I am still not used to being a "small". I said it was "ok", took the large - held it up and it looked like a dress on me - oh well, new pj's!
I walked around Main Street then jogged a little bit near the finish line. I have learned that this little ritual helps me when I start; my legs don't feel tight. It also helps me stay calm.
I talked to the Mayor of Newark a little bit before the race. He knows my parents real well, and lived down the street from us when I was in my teens.
The beginning of the race was slow. There was a lot of runners mushed together, not sure why - there was only 350 today. Most of the run was flat with one sort of steep incline, the rest in bits and pieces. My foot felt great the whole time.
At the end, I found myself with a new PR of 26.24! I am still in shock. I never thought in a million years I would be able to run that fast. I shaved 53 seconds off my record in March, which tells me I still have room to go faster! ...I love competing with myself!
Anyway, here is a picture of me with the University of Delaware mascot, appropriately named "YouDee"...
I am pretty sweaty in this one, not sure why I didn't get it taken before the race!
P.S. If you ever are driving through Delaware, Newark is a great place to stop. It recently received the Best Main Street in the United States, righteously so. Main Street is filled with cute shops and great restaurants. The University of Delaware campus is intertwined all through it. After visiting several colleges with my son, I can tell you it is one of the most gorgeous campuses out there.