At the 2 km mark I looked around at all the people having fun and realized I was not. I had a cramp and was struggling with having to cut around so many people. I stopped. Took some deep breaths and stretched for a minute. I decided at that moment that it was not the time to even try to get a personal best. My new goal was just to complete the course without any walking and not to elbow anybody who got in my way ;-)
I did not finish the race with a personal best. In fact my Nike + app said I only ran 4.4 km! I did finish it without taking anybody out (which believe me was a triumph!) and I finished it with a smile. I realized that although it wasn't the kind of race I had hoped for, I completed my first official race (if they don't time you is it really a race, though?!).
Next year I would do it again - which many be surprising - I would just do it for fun, plan on walking most of it, and bring Calder and Hugh and possibly get a few other families to join us.
The next two weeks I am going to really focus on my running. I have my next run on Sept. 28th and would LOVE to have a great run that morning. Happy Monday!