We decided to walk to the race since it is only about 1 1/2 miles from our apt. (We figured this would be a great warm up/cool down as well.) We got there way early because we had been warned that the crowds could make for long lines during registration etc. We were some of the first there, so our numbers reflect our "early bird" mentality - Travis was #7 and I was #8 - There were 1,095 who turned up to race last night!! It was a great turn out.
The weather was actually rather chilly at first (we were both sporting our Texas A&M sweatshirts - courtesy of Kari Howell - so I'm sure we stood out as Americans! ha...) We tossed the sweatshirts right before the race and it turned out to be perfect running weather! (cloudy and a bit cool)
The race was fantastic. The only other two races I have run were both really small and I always was running alone (usually in the back). This race was different in that regard, because there were a lot of other runners around my speed that I could pace off of, and quite a lot that I passed! =) It felt great, and I really enjoyed running in a group like that - very motivational and keeps your mind focused elsewhere.
Travis definitely was rockin' it yesterday and placed 13th out of 1,095!! He clocked 28:24 so was cooled off and had finished his bratwurst by the time I crossed the finish at 43:42! =) I was still very happy with this time, as my goal was to finish in under 45.
Overall the whole event was just spectacular - great turn out, great organization, well marked, great route etc...Kudos to the Manawatu Striders and thanks!
We will be back out there next Tuesday night for another great race.
"Running is a mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"