My time was more than a little disappointing: 32:37.
It's a good thing I went back and checked the results or I wouldn't have had any idea as to the chip time, as it doesn't look like the results are going to get posted on the Net. I now know for sure that what I thought was an accurately measured distance around my neighborhood is off, as my pace was faster than my casual runs, but that certainly didn't show up on the clock. So I've been timing a shorter distance than I thought I was. Darn it.
The winning man finished in 14-something, and the winning woman finished in 17-something, so it was a fast course. I had been hoping to come in under 30:00 -- but c'est la vie.
My main goals, however, were these:
1) Run the whole way
2) Don't throw up.
So, in that sense, it was a success. I never really ran fast enough that I had to worry too much about throwing up, but I was more nervous than I expected (I woke up an hour earlier than I had to), so it was a possibility.
One miscalculation: I don't usually drink coffee, but I did this morning, which meant I had to use the restroom more than I expected as well, although some of that was undoubtedly nerves, too.
Before the race, I looked for my "competition," so to speak. That is, my peers. You know: Long-legged, top-heavy 40-somethings with Mom bellies. There were a bunch of us, surprisingly. Although there were people of all types there, most were significantly trimmer than the average festival crowd. They weren't as trim as they would've been had I done the Manhattan Beach race, though (another reason I picked Anaheim!). They were completely out of the smaller-size shirts by the time I looked for them. I wasn't going to get one, but I figured for my first race I probably should.
The environment was friendly and fun. If I do another, I will bring the kids, particularly if there's more for them there. (Cute story: I told my 5-year-old I was going to be in a race. His eyes got all big and he asked "Race cars?") I think they would've enjoyed it, although not the getting-up-early part. Since I didn't really know what to expect, I didn't want to be worrying about the kids and their comfort for this one.
There was a grocery store right by the race, so I grabbed a banana and some plain Greek yogurt afterwards. If I had been waiting for the pancakes, I would've been disappointed, as I couldn't figure out where they were. I considered bringing some home for the kids and Paul, but I'm continuing to move into a direction where I don't want to facilitate their eating things that I won't.
The whole race was a bit of an environmental disaster, with people throwing their bottles and cups all over the road. Plus, the race bags were just garbage.
I was amazed at the chip technology.
I wouldn't say I loved the race, but I didn't hate it either. It was definitely interesting.
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