We showed up pretty close to the start of the race. It looked like competition was going to be pretty fierce in the 18 and under division, but as Kirstin and I were competing on our own division - the "walk 2 run 4" division - we weren't too worried. We started off walking and chatting, and our walk 2 run 4 plan quickly turned into a "my HR is low, let's run" slash "this is a big hill, let's walk" plan. But it was a gorgeous morning and I had a blast walking, running, and chatting. I actually have no idea how much running I did overall, because this graph isn't very helpful:
But I think the best part of the day was the spending time outside with friends, doing a little running and a little gabbing.
Total: 3.14 miles/33:17/avg. pace 10:39
Once the race was over, we headed over to an old diner I remembered from my days working at Mount Vernon, and it was just as greasy and grimy as I remembered. After breakfast I had to head home to finish up work on the last big project of the semester, but I did get a chance to go to the gym later in the day and was feeling so good that I hopped on the treadmill for another few miles.
Total: 3.25 miles/32:00/avg. pace 9:50
After all this running, I still felt great. Both my knees and IT bands felt gently used, but not sore or painful. I did try and focus on running with a shorter stride, and surprisingly enough, my hip flexors have bothered me MUCH less in the past 2 days. I think it could either be my stride adjustment or the severe PT beating I took on Thursday (or both). Either way, running with less pain is always a bonus for me!