The race started at 5 PM and there were fireworks that went off prior to the start. Let's just say that it was COLD. Very cold. I was dressed in layers but I was shivering before we started moving. I met up with Janis, Elisa, Gail and Darlene. I never found my other running buddies - Jen M., Amanda and Tami. The plan was to run a nice trot through Albany and enjoy the lights in the park. I was by no means trying to get a PR (personal record).
We all stuck together and trotted along, chatting and having fun. The race was a bit of a cluster. People were darting in and out we had to watch where we were going because it was dark and there were ruts in the street. At mile 3 I picked it up a bit and enjoyed the 1 mile downgrade. I was cruising along. I crossed the finish line at 31:08. I have not finished a race in over 30 minutes in a VERY long time. But as I said - I wasn't running to race. I was just running to enjoy the lights. But - it did feel kind of strange to take that long to finish a 5K.
Anyway - after we were finished, we walked up to El Mariachi and chowed down on guacamole, chips an d salsa and a well deserved margarita. It was a fun night!
|Janis and me before the start of the race.|
Can you tell we are freezing?
|Me, Elisa and Janis hiding behind our "masks" |
to block the wind.