This race holds a special place in my heart. Last year, this was the first 5k I ran. The Big Chill is not only a fabulous and fun event, but it is for a great cause. The only entry "fee" is a donated toy for a child in need.
The only goal I set for myself pre-race was to be sub 39 min. Last year, I finished at 45 minutes. Having lost almost 75 pounds in the last 12 months and been running quite a bit, I knew I'd beat my time at least.
About a quarter mile in, I had to pull over and pull up my underwear that was falling. If it were the last quarter mile, I would have run through but it was so annoying that I just couldn't deal and certainly didn't want to have a wardrobe malfunction.
Mile 1 I hit 10:20- my fastest mile yet. This course is hilly after mile 1. I slowed down a bit before hitting the couple of big hills. I completely missed the mile 2 marker and in a way, I am glad I did.
Coming up to the finish line, I saw the clock turn from 34:59 to 35:00! I had said I wanna run sub 35 one day and this was almost that day, had I not stopped to adjust my attire. Nonetheless, I was absolutely thrilled with my performance!