Start line looks lonely
While waiting for the race to begin it started to rain a bit. I was still on the warm side so it wasn't a bother, but everyone still headed for cover. When it got closer to start time I left the cover and embraced the rain. I figured if I was going to get wet while running, I might as well start wet and not have to adjust on the run. After a bit of a warm up and a group warm up from the Illinois Bone and Join institute everyone lined up and heard a few words from our hosts and Jothy, the head of the charity, we were sent off to the song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" which was pretty fitting and a good song to get amped up to. I must have been a little too amped up because a little bit into the race I looked at my watch and saw I was at a 6:05 pace. No wonder if felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I slowed into an easy groove and enjoyed the rest of the race on a scenic route around the lake. The course wound up being a little short of an actual 5K, but I didn't mind.
Like Bigfoot, I too am blurry
Tried to raise my arms, look like a spaz instead
I'm not good at this photo thing
After the race I saw Maggie at the finish line and she filled my brand new water bottle for me. She asked how I did and I let her know the course was a little short, but I still did decent. Just before the bend to the finish line I had seen Pete who up until now I kept just barely missing at races so I went over to say hi and cheer on the runners. Chris came and joined us after he finished. We were standing at the top of a "hill" and trying to encourage people for their last little push before the finish line. After a bit Pete went over to say hi to other friends, Chris went to grab his ID for beer, and Jennifer came around so I headed back to the finish area. I grabbed a beer and me and Jennifer both grabbed some pizza. I also went over to the results screen and was shocked to see that I finished 18th overall. I had to go back and look through the pictures from the race and count the finishers in front of my picture before I could finally believe it. After a few minutes we had a gathering of bloggers as Gingerfoxxx came over and I officially introduced myself and Pete came back. We enjoyed the beers and joked that Sara needed to pull a Maggie and just happen to be busy with a race during her pending move.
Finally we gathered up all the bloggers for a group shot.