Yes, this mostly flat 5k started UPHILL! Other than the hill and the 35-degree weather, it was a nice start. There were not too many people but lots of costumed characters.
|This is where I was NOT today.|
While I was freezing with the girls in the Pacific NW, the hubs was on the beach WORKING in Puerto Rico. Something amiss here?
|Behind the scenes (literally)|
|Almost everyone: "A," Kadie, Tiffiany, Karla, Kim, Mel, Zoe, Kerrie, yo|
|My aunt ran today, too. We ran this same race together LAST YEAR.|
|Colorful clothing, antlers, beards, etc.|
|Trying to stay warm pre-race.|
In the end, it paid off because I ran much better than I expected and wound up with a 3rd place finish in my age group (23:13, 35-39 AG). The two women who placed ahead of me also placed in the top 5 overall. The women's winning time was 18:26 and in fact, the top five women ran sub 19:00. I love it when there are fast women around, don't you?
What's even better is that Tall Mom Mel and my aunt ALSO placed third in their age groups AND Kim placed first in her age group!
|Kim, Mel, and I rockin' our ribbons.|
|Post race libations/celebrations|
It was a lovely day in Tacoma and certainly inspired me to get back into speed work. This week will be a struggle while the hubs is out of town because I'll have less time available but I'll do what I can.