We headed to the tartan parade on a cold and windy Saturday morning. I was a bit nervous about the idea of going to a kilt parade on such a windy day but luckily everything stayed under wraps. Sam took the opportunity to pull out his kilt for the first time since our wedding. Doesn't he look cute?!
They were giving out grab bags along the parade route. We got hats, ponchos and Scotland flags. It was cold so I took advantage of the hat!
Now that is a big log! How do you think they got that into the city?
My goal was to finish in under 1 hour. The actual distance is 6.2 miles so this is slightly faster than a 10 minute mile. I know this is pretty slow for most runners, but this is one of the longer distances I have done (okay - the longest) so I was just hoping to maintain my pace. Plus, it was only my 5th outdoor run of the season and I wasn't sure how my body would handle it. I felt pretty good during the race. Over 7600 people finished the race which made for a crowded course. We spread out a little in the first mile but I was weaving in and out of people for the entire race. It was annoying at times but it was also entertaining to watch all the people and kept me focused on moving forward and getting ahead. Despite the rain and the crowded course I still met my goal! I was thrilled to cross the finish at 59:38. The last .2 miles of the course were pretty crowded as people slowed to wave to family and friends so I think I probably could have finished about 30 seconds faster if there were less crowds. Regardless I just happy to clock in under an hour. I didn't take any pictures because of the rain (bad blogger) but I did find these on Flickr:
There is a video on the NYRR website where you can see how rainy and crowded it was: http://www.nyrr.org/resources/video/local/2009/scotland.asp
Up next, our new bikes and my first ride with clipless pedals...