Saturday was my 7th race of the year and what I consider my anniversary race, the Inspiring Hope 5K/10K. It's the first race I ever did two years ago (as a walker), and it is one of my favorite races--definitely an annual event in our household.
The day did not start well. Somehow between the house and the car, I lost my ticket for the post-race pancake breakfast I was looking forward to. Of course I discovered that halfway to the race; boo! Then as we were getting off the freeway to go to the race, a state patrol pulled us over; apparently my husband had missed where the speed limit dropped down. About 10 very long minutes and a $200+ ticket later, we were on our way again. Not good.
We had to get to the race early so we could preview the rough cut of the video celebrating the life of my mom. I wasn't sure if that would make me an emotional wreck before the race or not, especially doing it the day before Mother's Day. The video is still a little rough, but it is wonderful. I won't lie, there were tears by the end; I had to go in the restroom to pull myself back together. I also got to meet Danielle, the cancer survivor who won the main prize, and see a portion of her video; she has quite a story.
Before long, it was time to go out and warm up for the race. The weather was glorious, we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. Then we were off!
The race wound around through various parts of Mukilteo, up and down gently rolling hills (mostly). My husband and I stayed together more or less throughout the race, although for some reason I was a little faster than him most of the time--we ran together, then he'd drop back to walk while I continued on, and he'd sprint to catch up with me at times. I wanted to push myself just a little to improve on my 10K time, so instead of following our typical 3:1 run:walk pattern, I opted to run a half mile before taking a minute walk break. That worked pretty well for a 10K, although I'm not sure that I'll do that for a half marathon.
By the end of the race, I had lost sight of my husband; I finished in 1:13:23, which is a good 5 minutes faster than my last 10K, with an average pace of 11:56 according to my Garmin. My husband came in about 2 minutes later, so he still beat his time from the last 10K by a fair amount as well.
My husband had found the race director before the race and explained the lost pancake breakfast ticket, and she graciously provided another, so we enjoyed a couple of pancakes and some bacon (yum!) afterward. Then we found the table where some of our Ragnar team had met up and got to meet three others of our team; nice to meet in person instead of just getting to know one another on Facebook.
I'll blog about the rest of the day later on since we celebrated Mother's Day with our daughter in the afternoon, but I'll leave you with a couple of post-race pictures (we spaced out and didn't take them before):
I almost forgot to mention that we tried using some new water bottles that go on our belts to see if they will work for half marathons so we can leave the hydration packs. They worked very well, so we'll be trying them at next week's Portland Rock'n'Roll. This was a great race and one we will continue to do as often as possible!