Race One: The Shamrock Shuffle 8k
I did it. I not only survived my first race back in the running world, I PR'd and I didn't murder my knees in the process.
So due to all of the lateral movement across the wide course, I ran an entire half a mile extra. My official time with the Shuffle was 47 minutes still, but they logged my pace as 9'32"--still excellent but not quite accurate.
I'm very proud of this race. The expo was amazing, packet pickup was easy, and the Nike+ Services tent at the race was perfect. The worst part was waiting for the start in the corral. I definitely was in the wrong corral (I put my pace as a full minute and a half too slow) and as a result I had to wait in the cold for extra long.
But the race was great. I'm so happy with my time and I felt so amazing when I finished. Additionally, my parents were able to see me run and I was able to celebrate with the Nike Run Club after at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel!
My first race was perfect, and I'm excited for many more to come!