The race was great! There were about 10 of us on the team, including a baby in a stroller, and a young child. The weather was cool and overcast, but it didn’t dampen our excitement. The organizers had loud, motivating, upbeat music playing overhead and you couldn’t help but be motivated. I clapped for the runners who were finishing up their race while we waited for our start time. We lined up six feet apart, standing on little Orange x’s they had placed on the ground, wearing our masks, and waiting to have our temps taken. Our group stayed together initially, but soon the families fell back as they had to meet their child’s pace for the race. I think they may have done the 1 mile fun run since they met us at the finish line.
DIL had told me early on that she doesn’t run (neither do I, I assured her). I told her to set the pace and I will keep up w her. My thought was I’ve been walking almost every day for close to a year and she hasn’t, so we will likely be strolling in this race. To my astonishment, she set off at a 3.4mph pace and maintained that pace for the entire duration! Game on!
The course meandered around the entire shopping complex, a posh area of Wilmington with shops, restaurants, office buildings, and apartment buildings. Lovely landscaping with ponds, manicured hedges, flowering plants, nice walking paths. For me, it was a nice change of scenery from my daily neighborhood walks. But I know I would quickly get bored if I had to walk there every day.
The race was essentially uneventful. We chatted throughout about anything and everything, commenting on fun costumes people wore or cute puppies we saw. DIL was worried she wouldn’t be able to make it all the way through. Last year, she was only 3 months post double mastectomy when she participated and she didn’t make it all the way. She was still having pain from the bouncing, despite the support she was wearing. But this year she rocked it! I was so proud of her! She is Warrior Strong! I think she was pleasantly surprised that she made it, and even more proud of the pace she maintained!
The boys picked us up afterwards, and we went for a celebratory victory brunch at our favorite breakfast place downtown. We clinked our mimosa glasses in victory and vowed to do it again next year! DH and I got home, let the pups out, then promptly took naps! Lol. The rest of the day was quiet.