Woo-hoo! I did it!
Saturday was the big race. I didn't train as intense as I would have liked (the longest run I did to prepare was 8 miles) and I was sick the week before- so I was pretty nervous going into it. My goal was to run the whole thing, and I did! I was super proud of myself- it was a really hilly course. Just one foot in front of the other! My time was 2:42:20.
My legs are definitely sore, but not as bad as I thought.
Jackson told me to make sure I won first place, so I went as fast as I could not to disappoint. For me it was all a mental game. I had Jackson's voice in my head, Kristi telling me to "swing your arms!", and Kathi telling me to lean into it down the hills. I thought of my dad a lot, how much he ran before he got sick, and how I always wanted to run a race like this with him after I got home from my mission. I thought about how strong he was even when he was terribly sick. He was definitely with me for the hard parts.
All in all, it was an awesome experience. Now I want to get faster and can't wait for the next one.