We had some pictures taken before the race and talked about our goals. I mentioned that I seem to be struggling to run fast ever since I turned 40. I decided that I would be happy if I finished in 25 minutes or so.
|Lorain County Blue Foundation|
I started in the back with my team which was a nice change of pace from starting closer to the front. I went out too fast as I always seem to do in shorter races. I was definitely working for the miles. Right around mile 2, my neighbor Chris passed me and told me to come with him. I may have told him that I was too old for this sh*t. He quickly reminded me that he was just slightly younger than me. In the end I couldn't catch him to save my life. I did manage to have a kick at the end in spite of the fact that I slowed down each mile and finished in 25:57. I definitely cut it close with my goal of being in the 25's. Of course I was not happy that Chris beat me as this was the first time he had done so in a race. My running friends reminded me that I had said I would be happy to run in the 25's and I had done that so I should be smiling. I was actually surprised to learn that I had finished 1st in the 40-44 age group. This was my first win in my new age group as I turned 40 in May.
|Receiving my award|
|1st place 40-44|
|Couldn't catch Chris but I still won my age group!|
I really enjoy this race and I'm looking forward to running it again next year!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!