Location: Cumberland Valley Rail Trail (Newville to Shippensburg)
|Makayla and Mommy before the start of the race.|
|Sure you can run in cowboy boots...if they're pink.|
Everything went according to plan. The weather was warm and sunny with a cool breeze. My fuel belt didn't annoy me by bouncing around. I refrained from going all out at the start and instead gradually increased my pace during the first 3 miles and kicked it into high gear the last two miles. I could have kept a fast pace the entire time, but wanted to practice my plan for the marathon.
Approaching the finish line I saw Makayla bouncing up and down in her pink cowboy boots and cheering me on. I had to stop and give her a quick hug before officially crossing the finish, which meant another woman passed me, but it was worth it.