Tonight was the Illinois Marathon 5K which my mom and I ran in and we set our personal best record! We ran the whole way, too, which is not new for Mom, but is new for me – I’m so proud of myself! Our official time was 36:21 which comes to an 11:42/mile pace – considering our goal was a 12-minute mile, we’re thrilled!
There were just over 6,000 runners and walkers in the 5K and we both found that to be helpful in pushing our pace – we were constantly overtaking people here and there and the weaving in and out of the crowd sort of acted as a distraction to the running. There were also quite a few spectators out to cheer us all on which was an added boost! And finishing inside Memorial Stadium was great fun, too – lots of cheering as everyone entered the stadium and bright lights to bring us on home to the finish line. We both had a wonderful time and are looking forward to next year’s race already!