Wow, walking a race is SO SO different from running a race. I resisted every urge to run, especially downhill! However, I beat the OLDEST runner in the crowd and If I was 70 I would've taken 1st in my AG :) Small victories...small victories.
I had a wonderful time and a good experience. I'm setting new walking PR's already! I got to hang out at Leslie's house before the race, Maureen 'ran' me in, I stayed for prizes...I just KNEW I was going to win this year - STINK! again nothing.... then went to Leslie's to say good bye and got SPOILED rotten with some amazing hot cider...SO yummy!! FUN FUN FUN all the way around. I had a really poor attitude starting this 'race' but am very glad I did it - I also learned some really interesting things about walking v. running! Walking up hill is great, I could push while all the walker/runners around me stopped to walk, but then on the downhill they'd all start running and pass me again.
I met a fellow "speed walker" and spoke to her a little. After the race she tracked me down and told me that I should join the "Wasatch Walkers" because I was so good at it! I couldn't help but laugh. I've been invited to join an 'elite' group on my first walking race...maybe I should switch sports! :) hehehehe