June 6, 2013
On Saturday, I ran in my first race! Back in January, I was in the goal-making mood (as many often are at that time of the year), and decided that I would train for and run in the Hospital Hill Run in Kansas City. At the time, my longest run had been 4 miles. So I knew that with a little training I could get to that 6.2 mile mark.
I completed two 10K trial runs before race day: one in early April and another in mid-May. Hospital Hill is a hilly course, so I have been hitting the treadmill doing some incline short runs. With all this behind me, I felt fairly confident that I could complete this race!
Kevin and I had been staying at the Sheraton Country Club Plaza to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary, so we were close to the Crown Center start line. I ate a wheat bagel, peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast with a bit of hot tea and cold water. It ended up being the perfect little energy boost.
The race started at 7:00, and Kevin dropped me off near the start at about 6:45. As I am not a morning person, and this was the earliest I had ever started a run. I was a bit nervous about that, but it ended up being a beautiful time of the day to start a run.
The race had been sold out, and because I arrived fairly late, I had to squeeze through the gaps in that gate to get in with my corral.
This was the view to my front, towards the starting line:
And the view to my back:
And we’re off!
Kevin and my parents met me at hill number one, Hospital Hill, around the two mile mark. Kevin snapped some photos and my parents cheered me on!
4 miles and 3 devastating hills later, I cross the finish line! Coming in at 1:01:47 in 668th place out of 1733, I felt really good about this!
Feeling good, I came over to meet my support group.
I grabbed my medal, some power bars, chocolate milk and some water and sat down to recharge a bit before heading off with the family for some post Hospital Hill breakfast.
Stopped for a bit of a photo shoot.
All in all, it was a completely successful morning! Hoping to go for the half marathon next year!