As for my race, it went well. I did feel some pressure from everyone to do well since I was the organizer and I wasn't sure if I would race this competitively or as a fun run. Once we lined up to start the race, my adrenaline kicked in and I knew I was going to race it.
So I took off and ran. I ran hard. I finished 5th overall and 1st in my Age Group! My time was 23:43, which is a new PR for me! 4 for 4 in 2012!!! It felt awesome also! So of course, I waited around for the awards ceremony to hear my name called!
So of course, they started out with the overall winners, like they normally do, then they should have gone on to Age Group winners, but they didn't. After the Overall winner, she said this." Now we are giving the award for the Master's Category" Again, it didn't bother me until the next few words came out of her mouth. "This is the 40 and over winner". Crap. Master's winner? Really? When did I hit the Master's division? I thought that was 50 and up. I mean I was grateful to win my AG, and I was thrilled to set a PR, but calling me Master's winner hurt. (no offense to anyone over 50).
So once my name was called, I went up to get my award. I expected a certificate, but instead, I got an exercise ball, a $20 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods, a 1st place medal and a plaque of my win! SCORE!!! I had never won anything like this before, so it was major cool!