Race wise the day was about the same. I was extremely nervous pre race because of last year but decided to just take in the crowd and the scenery so that I had fun. As the race began I was not myself and I loved it. I took my time and started slow. My race began at the 2.5 mile mark. My body said go harder and my heart rate was right where it should be. Miles 4 and 5 brought a few tears and some looking around to take in the fall colors and the river. I have changed as a person and it has made me a better person first and foremost but it has also made me a better runner. The time above is off about a minute, 30 seconds at the start and finish.
I didn't win the race or my age group, in fact I finished 112th out of 350, that won't get me any sponsors or medals but it brought a huge smile to my face. What gave me confidence was my diabetes performance, that will bring more than a smile to my face. It will make my family happy and help me live a longer and healthier life. That is all that matters at the end of the day!!