Monday, June 24, 2019

AF Run Against Cancer Recap

Let's start with the race expo.  This has probably been the best packet pick up I've ever been to. I honestly can't say that I've been to a real expo until now, and I loved it.

The AF Run Against Cancer is so well put together. Everything is very organized and thought out. 

We got to packet pick up, the line moved fast, the instructions were easy. They had enough swag for everyone. 

My niece came with us, she's never done any kind of packet pick up experience yet, but I think she and my kids were all impressed with this one. They had so many things for the kids to do. Starting with making cheer cards. They each ended up making 2.

My favorites were M's that she spelled "go mom!" all by her self, J's that said "just believe in yourself and you can do it!" (she also made one that said "run fast so you can win! and don't give up") and my niece wrote one that said: "we are counting on you" which put a little pressure on me haha ;). V scribbled and said it was a track.

To finish with the kids, they all got free t-shirts and snow cones! 

The swag for this race is pretty great. 

The night before my eye started itching so I took some allergy medicine and washed my face. Then I noticed my eye was also swollen.  So I texted my brother who is a doctor and he said to take some more allergy meds and let him know. Well by morning it was swollen even more haha.  I'll spare you a picture of that.

My alarm didn't go off and I slept in a little, which has literally never happened to me on race day before. 

But we got to the starting line on time and made sure we had everything ready before we headed to the start.

We didn't have to wait very long at the starting line which was nice because it was kind of chilly.

The course was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  Looking at the elevation graph it looked, to me, that the first half would be slightly uphill and the last part would be down. I was wrong haha. This has nothing to do with the race directors or anything, it does have everything to do with my perspective of the graph.  It was a pretty challenging course with about 3/4 of it uphill. 

It took me a while to warm up and my eye that was swollen drained consistently for around 2-3 miles. It drained enough that it looked like I was crying. Sorry, that's probably gross haha. The good news is that once I was done, my eye was back to normal. It was super weird.

When I hit that last mile and a half or so of downhill though, I felt awesome and like I was flying. If the whole race felt that fast I'd be super happy about it.

I finished in 52:08 which is not what I was hoping for but that's why we keep running and racing and trying. The more we practice the better we get.  

I ran this race with 2 of my cousins (my other cousin ran the half and rocked it).  

We had french toast for celebratory breakfast.

And of course creamies.

My favorite thing about this race was that I was running it with some of my favorite people in my life. I think if I do this race next year, I'll be doing the half instead of the 10k. 

What is your favorite part of a race?

Do you study a race course well or just wait for race day?

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