So back to the race. I started off way too fast which led to massive shin splints during the second mile. I then convinced myself in the pain that I was never going to run ever again in my life. I was done. Yes I am a wuss who does not like any sort of pain. Then the race route went right by my parked car and I was so tempted to be done, but my competitive nature would not have any of that. Luckily around mile 4 the shin splints were gone and I realized again that I really do enjoy running. Around that time I had a nice little chat with two ladies which made the run a little more enjoyable too.
A little after mile 5, my good friend Travis stood in his front yard to cheer me on. It made me smile and gave me a bit more energy. Then the real joy of the run came because we got to run down Ingersoll. (Sidenote: last week I ran up Ingersoll and decided it was one giant hill and I pretty much hated it. It's much more enjoyable to run down the big giant hill...much much more.)
I usually run 12.5 minute miles when I do my long runs (yes, I know I am slow. I think the Sloss gene wouldn't have it any other way.) But I ran 11.5 minute mile which totally made my day!!!!
In the end, I'm glad I did it. It got me really excited for the half marathon in 3 weeks.