Today was graduation day for all the Winter Warrior runners. The weather was looking to be consistent to what we had trained in so far. A chilly morning with some icy spots and some snow flurries, thankfully the wind really was not very strong but after a short time most people had frost tipped hair, eyelashes, beards, etc. I had run the 5K before so I knew part of the course which was the first 2 miles and last mile of the 15K course. It was great to see the scenery for an area of town and we ran through a short park trail at the turnaround location of the course.
I was pretty peppy all morning and throughout the race, which is truly an oddity for me. I was so excited for all the runners and to finally help Janet cross the finish line in 1:51:13. She just started running 6 months ago and jumped from a 5K to a 15K, which is more than I ever did in my first year running!
I had such a great time, and for the last 4 miles of the course we were playing leap frog with 2 older ladies and one had a little radio in her fannypack on her back. It was fun following her and when "Party Rock Anthem" came on I was literally dancing in the street while running. I think most people wanted to kill me as I had tons of energy and we were running uphill around mile 7.5 when this happened. This was a far shot of the ladies but they had neon knee high socks and some bright colored pants on!
After the race we all got together to take a picture, after I wolfed down a hot chocolate and few little chocolate meltaways they had out. Now that is my kind of race!
Here was the swag we got from the race: Long-sleeve tech tee, Cheese (the lips) and a chocolate bar.
It truly was a great experience and I don't think I've ever had that much fun at a race. I even got a picture from the race photographer where I was smiling!!
I really need to learn how to have that much fun when I am racing for myself as it will make the miles go by so much faster. Maybe this is what I needed to open that door. All in all it was a great day and I can't wait to push myself in my own training now.