I decided at the last minute to run the Twilight 5K held on Saturday, July 16 at 7:15 p.m. (women's start time--men run at 6:30 p.m.). Rick was on a day trip, so I needed to find someone to watch my kids while I ran. Well, I found a great solution Saturday afternoon (thanks to a fellow Fleet Feet teammate Christy Scott and facebook)! My friend's daughter babysat my kids at the race. I only needed her for 45 minutes or so instead of hiring a sitter to stay at my house for a couple of hours! I loved this solution and may have to use it again when Rick and I both want to run a race. The kids played outside the whole time. The race is held on a college campus, and there is alot of space for them to roam. This race is unique because the men and women run separately. I like being able to watch the men's race, and I think this race is great for young families with a husband and wife who both want to run.
A couple of things worked against me in this race. I had run about 16 1/2 miles on Friday morning, so I wasn't fresh for the race. Also, it was a night race, and I'm more used to morning races (most people are!).
I did my best and finished 2nd overall. I had a really hard time keeping the pace in the last mile. But I improved my time by over 30 seconds from my time last year in this race. Fellow Fleet Feet teammate Linda Scavarda was a welcome site at the turnaround as she called out, "This next part's all downhill!" That was just what I needed to hear at that point! I was very impressed with the race directors, David and Ashley Cain, since they managed to direct the race while also tending to their four children, the youngest being under a month!
Mile 1 6:18
Mile 2 6:42
Mile 3 6:53
20:35 (6:38 pace)