First off, pre-race endorphins must have been put into the air somehow because the people surrounding me were utterly ecstatic to be there! They were totally pumped and in turn, it got me pumped up.
Second, I got to practice being alone, but only for a little while. I had a friend cancel at the last minute, which made me want to back out of the race. I didn't want to do it alone. There's such a stigma around doing things alone and I didn't want to be that person, swimming in a sea of aloneness. But I remembered this video I watched a few weeks ago about being brave and being okay in the aloneness and so I stood there watching groups of friends and family talk and laugh, and I practiced being okay with the fact that I didn't have friends or family to talk and laugh with. I stood up straight and confident, I smiled and stretched. I told myself not to feel stupid just because I was standing in a crowd alone. And somehow, it really helped.
The race started and I took off. I met some very friendly people. A few even asked me to join their group for the remainder of the run. It was okay to be alone, but it was definitely nice to be included too.
Third, the obstacles were really fun! I totally wiped out on the first one. It was a slippery balance beam and there were hanging tubes that looked like punching bags and you had to navigate around them while balancing. I did okay on the first one, but I held onto the second for too long and ended up losing my balance and slipping off into the street on my butt. I just laughed, stood back up and started running to the next obstacle.
There were 4 total. I really liked the ball obstacle where you had to jump from one bouncy ball to another. I didn't do well at it but I liked it anyway. ;)
All in all, it was really a great experience. I especially enjoyed having my little guys meet me at the finish line with big smiles. I had to carry Ry to the official finish line, because he didn't want to be left behind.
I had a good time and I would definitely do it again! I think this was a good ice-breaker race. It gave me a chance to check out the atmosphere and still have some fun.