I forgot to mention a couple of cool things that happened during the race.
First off, about Mile 9, a woman & man passed us and she turned around and said, "Are y'all married?" I gasped, "YES."
She said, "I want to be just like y'all. Y'all are awesome!" She and the man (presumably her husband) were a few years either side of 30, and her taking the time to say that? It JUST MADE MY DAY!
After the race TC said, "People are really friendly around here. Did you notice how many people told us, "Good job", or "Looking good?" I said I thought it was because we were so much older than everyone else, we sort of were the race mascots or something!
I have to tell you -- we were so proud of ourselves. It's the first time we EVER did intervals throughout the entire race. As far as our time? I didn't mention what our finishing time was in my blog yesterday because I didn't feel it was relevant, but it IS relevant to my blog today. We finished the race in 3 hours, 8 minutes. Before this, our fastest time was 3 hours, 11 minutes (2012).
Yup, I was feeling pretty proud of us! Until I got home and looked at the race results online.
I came in 244th out of 249 female entrants.
TC came in 227th out of 231 male entrants.
In my age group, I came in 13th out of 14.
In TC's age group, he came in 7th out of 7.
But then I started to think....only FOURTEEN entrants in the female age 50-59 age group, and I'm 59 and 7 months old. Out of the total number of entrants, only 2.9% of them were females in my age group. Only 1.5% of the entrants were males in TC's age group. So even though we are slow, at least we're still out there!
After I wrote my blog yesterday I posted the picture of us at the starting line on Facebook but again didn't mention our time. Lots of people from the fitness center "liked" the picture and this morning in class we got lots of love from the regulars.
But one woman, who is older than me but VERY competitive, and SUPER fit, asked me straight out WHAT OUR TIME WAS. I was embarrassed. I KNOW in the overall scheme of things it wasn't a very good time, and this woman has done triathalons and runs 50K races. AND, she'll tell you that she's usually #1 or #2 in her age group.
Anyway. I told her our time was "over 3 hours" and she said, "OH" in a totally dismissive tone of voice. So I proceeded to say that TC can't run more than what we did because of his bad knee.
THEN I was angry and embarrassed that I felt I had to make excuses! And to LIE and blame it on my husband, who can run circles around me any day of the week!
So I am reclaiming my pride! We finished that race in 3 hours and 8 minutes, running across the finish line holding hands! I'm only going to remember the young woman who told me we were AWESOME and forget about the old one who made me feel unworthy because I am slow.