I have not been posting lately, so sorry for the 3 people that actually read this.
Race update: this weekend I ran the Casa Superhero 5k at the Domain in Austin, with Jennifer and Christina. It was a nice day, good race, fun costumes, and great results! I PR'd with a time of 22:52, 7:20 minutes/mile on average. My goal was to PR (my previous time was 23:18 from April), so I am very excited. I knew this was my best chance for the fall with marathon training. I also placed 2nd in my age group, which is really cool.
Mile one was into the wind. The first 1/4 mile was challenging getting around people. At the first turn around point I counted the women in front of me - 10. I passed one quick (ended being the master's winner), number 8 I ran with most of the race. I was pretty sure she was younger than me and she was definitely smaller than me (tiny). At the 2 mile mark she passed me, then I passed her in the final mile. It was motivating to have someone to pace, and by the end of mile 2 I knew I would at least PR. Worst part of the race was the last 1/4 mile when we had to run PAST the finish line for a final loop. It felt like it should be the end but no.
Gwendolyn run the kids k portion of the race, dressed in cape and mask. She had a great time and ran the whole thing. John, Jack and Maddy came too to cheer us on, which was really nice.