I really like the shirts. They even have a thumb slit, which I love that feature! I hate to wear gloves any more than I have to. I've worn this shirt a couple of times since and really like it.
I headed out the hotel and it was at the door that I bumped into my new friend from Boot Camp, Jo Anna. She's the sweetest thing! So I hung with her and some others all the way to the race start. She got a good pic of the group but I can't get it from my phone to my PC without posting it on FB and I didn't want to do that; just wanted it in the race post of the blog. I'm not good with phone pics yet. I didn't have my camera so this race has only a few pictures.
It was cold and I really felt good; lots of good butterflies flying around inside. I did make a goal for this race: to run it all no matter how slow it may be...and I KNEW it would be hard. That bridge can be a killer. I ran up with friends from Laurel and visited with them briefly as the race began. It wasn't long into the race that we saw Tim's wife taking pictures. Thanks, JoAnn, for being quick on the draw.
Tim and me
Today it wasn't so much the bridge as it was the wind! Man, was it blowing h.a.r.d.!!! Once we got over the water, the east wind was so strong I had to hold my cap the entire time until the turnaround. A few caps went flying in the air; one guy even climbed over the barrier to the traffic and retrieved his. Guess it was one that he really liked, ha!
Coming up to the peak of the bridge
The race didn't go completely over the bridge and I was excited about that. For some reason, I didn't check out the course beforehand; I usually do. The climb up from Ocean Springs is pretty tough. Since it didn't go over the peak very far, it made the race much nicer to run and the return back to the finish was mostly on a downhill grade. After the race got started, all I could think about was how much I wished Kent would have done it. He'd been borderline pneumonia for a couple of weeks and just didn't want to take any chances of being exposed to the flu or getting wet from the rain [which it held off for the race; there was very bad weather headed this way]. As I came back over the bridge, I looked up and there he was!! Kent was in the race and I was so happy! He had turned his cap around to keep from it blowing off and I almost didn't recognize him. He never wears it that way.
This race gave out finisher's medals for the 5k and 10k. I personally think finisher medals should be done for 15k's and further. BUT...I do like the medal.
Next year, I plan to do the 10k. Oh, yeah...the goal?? I did it!! I haven't run 3 miles solid in SO long and I was so happy that I did it and on a challenging course. I've really got to work on the mental part of my running. I'm not real sure but that that's my biggest enemy right now. Of course, blisters, too...but I hope I have that under control. Time will tell. So until next post, continue to
Run 4 It