Yesterday was the 10k event that Hubby Tony and I have been working towards for months. I'm happy to say we started (and more importantly, finished!) in fine fashion.
We got into Columbia for dinner on Friday night, socialized with Son Brian and DIL Nicole, then turned in early because we had to be up long before the sun came up. Before I went to bed I got help from Nicole to made sure the race bib was attached to my shirt securely and the timing chip was on my shoe correctly. One less unfamiliar thing to do in the morning!
It was still dark when we left for the race, but there was a little sunlight peeking over the horizon as we parked the car. The half-marathon started 30 minutes before our 10k. We watched the runners line up, and when the starting gun sounded the large group slowly worked its way towards the starting line, then disappeared into the distance. Before I knew it they'd called for our group to line up. It was exciting standing in the middle of the pack, and when the gun went off I was more than ready.
Our goal was to walk at a 15 minute per mile pace (which meant we'd finish the 6.2 miles in a little over 90 minutes), but we'd never managed to do that on our practice walks. However, having other people around helped. We walked briskly, and even jogged a little, and come in right where we planned.
The day turned out so well we're already talking about next year.