The best part during the race is that the residents of Lavallette sit outside their homes to cheer you on...and some of them even sit there with their garden hoses and spray you as you run by!
As much as we might have wanted to run the whole race non-stop, we kept to our training plan and ran 8 minutes and walked 1 minute through out the course. We were holding a great pace because as we hit mile 1 we were under 10 minutes. In the end we finished the race at 50 mins 23/24 seconds. (Steph crossed at 50:23 and I crossed at 50:24.)
As we were listing to the awards we hear that a 71 year old man won his age group in a time of 48 minutes and change...WOW! He beat us by about 2 minutes! (So, there is NO AGE EXCUSE for anyone out there! What motivation!)
I am starting week 5 with a relaxing day OFF from training and also getting a much needed deep tissue massage. After 4 weeks of doing a run/walk program 3 days per week I am seeing a HUGE difference in my ability to run. I don't hate it after 2 minutes like I used to a month ago. It truly is getting easier and I look forward to getting my runs in...even the long runs!
I purchased my hydration belt last week and will most likely be taking it on my next long run (8 miles.)
4 weeks down...16 more to go...I am honestly enjoying every step of this journey!