I was supposed to work all day Saturday.
Well, "supposed to" is strong language. A consultant was in, and I had sat in on the sessions with him Thursday and Friday, planning to spend Saturday.
We had already registered for a 10K race on Saturday.
I had already worked over 60 hours for the week.
Friday evening, when I left work at 8pm (and skipped out on their after-dinner session), I decided that I had enough and was going to run the race on Saturday morning anyway.
Saturday morning, up and at 'em. Only, not that early. The race had a 9am start time, and the high for the day was predicted to be in the 80s. I dressed in a running skirt and tank and hoped for the best.
The race started a few minutes late (as most races do around here, from what I've seen so far). I was a little worried when we started because I felt like my skirt was slipping down my hips (it was new). As we got going, it seemed to stay put after the first half mile or so.
I pushed myself harder than I usually do the first run after a marathon. With the long hours at work all week, I hadn't had a chance to get a run in before the race. I was on my feet all day most of the week, so I did work out all of the soreness and felt strong for the 10K.
The 10K course was 2 laps of the 5K course. Ugh. I hate those.
BUT, we did manage to lap the last group of walkers. Woot! for us.
I got a little warm by the finish, but manageable.
Our finish time was 1:10:17
Yep, they recorded my husband and I with the exact same finish times.
And we were almost last. Aargh! One of my least favorite things about small town races. We averaged 11:20 per mile, granted not my fastest but I thought it was respectable. And STILL almost finished last. There were only 2 finishers behind us.
A couple of observations now that I've done some races in my new(ish) small town.
1- Why do they never start a race on time? If I go to warm up, I'm always cool by the time they start the race.
2- They give out more awards to the walkers than runners. This is the opposite of what I've seen in my past in other towns.
3- All of the women look MUCH older than they are. I finished right behind a woman that I guessed to be mid-50s, and she was MY AGE. This has happened with multiple women at every race I've been to in Indiana. I have since stopped drinking the tap water here.
Next race is the Indy Mini on Saturday. We are certain not to be last place for such a huge race!
Saturday will be my husband's first half marathon.