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This was our first 7 mile race...ever. DH and I were quite nervous because the first 400 meters was straight uphill. We were sure that our legs would be shot for the rest of the race.<br><br>
There were 15,002 people registered. This was the first year they had chips, so the entry was limited. Our goal was to finish in one hour and 30 minutes.<br><br>
The weather was great...no humidity and it was 67 degrees at the start, which was 8am. For the first time ever in the 33 year history, they had a fly-over after the National Anthem. I was crying already...very touching.<br><br>
The gun sounded and we were off. It took us 4 minutes to get to the start line and then we headed up this dreaded hill. We get going, and about half way, we turned to each other and both said it wasn't so bad. Huh????<br><br>
The streets were lined with people cheering and every block, there was a live band. It was so awesome. We felt great. Our initial plan was to run 15 minutes, then walk up to 5 minutes PLUS walk through water stations. We did walk through the first water station, but suddenly we were about 45 minutes in and hadn't taken a walk break! We were so happy! We had kept a slower pace, we were looking around at all the people cheering, giving high fives to the crowd...it was so fun.<br><br>
We came to a bigger hill than the first one and we walked that one, which took 3 minutes. We ran all the way down to the turn-around point and headed back...half done. Our split was 43:43. At the turn-around, we had to begin heading back uphill for awhile. I had to stop and stretch my calves for about 30 seconds, and we were off again. We walked up one large hill and part of another, then off to the end. In all, we figured we only walked about 7 minutes of the entire thing and that includes the water stations. We kept saying to each other that our legs felt great, our breathing was great...we felt better during this whole race than we felt at the Torchlight 5K...how odd.<br><br>
We started on the home stretch, which was back down the initial hill. Streets were still lined and people were still cheering. We turned on the street where the finish line was and volunteers were ringing bells. We held hands and crossed the finish line! We were so happy and proud of ourselves. I couldn't believe we finished and felt so good...not hurting at all. I started to cry because I was so happy. The announcer at the line asked me my name and announced us and congratulated us on our first time! It was so fun.<br><br>
As I said, our goals were... #1 to finish...#2 try to finish AT LEAST in an hour and 30 minutes. Official time was 1:25:49!!!!!! <img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"> We are thrilled. In fact, we decided already that we're going to make this an annual run for us. DH is even considering running the half with me in a month!<br><br>
The whole race was such a positive experience. It was so well organized, the music along the route was so fun, the spectators were supportive. There were some world class runners there...not sure on names...which was really cool. There was an Olympic marathon winner...can't remember her name either and I was blown away that we were part of this group. In a way, I'm sad that it's all over. The day was so perfect...it's a little bit of a let down now. I'm very proud of DH too, because he has not been running as long as I have (not that I've been running all that long) and his longest run had only been 4 miles. He's doing great and I love it that we race together.<br><br>
Thanks for reading!
 

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Great job <b>Jess</b>! Looks like you have some hill-climbing legs after all - congrats on breaking 1:30, and even better that your DH was able to run with you in what seems to be a really fun event.
 

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Jess,<br><br>
It sounds like you and hubby had a wonderful time! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Grats on reaching both goals of finishing under your desired time!
 

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Great job, <b>Jess</b> and <b>Jess' DH</b>! What an awesome experience!
 
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