It went well!!
It didn’t storm, and it didn’t rain, and the threat of it kept the sun at bay. (wow! that’s melodic!) About the only thing interesting was a delayed start while some replacement volunteers scrambled into place. AND the boyfriend decided to join me last minute on the run despite completing a 70 hour work week (and, honestly, minimal coaxing on my part!).
We started a bit too far back and spent the first half mile passing and sorting out a good place in the pack. I lost him early on, but we agreed that would be fine ahead of time. The course has a steady downhill for the first 1.5 mile, then has a series of rolling hills to gain back the elevation, and completes along a high school track. It’s not a chip-timed race so I would guess I started about 20 seconds behind the starting line.
I kept reminding myself to stay slow for the first mile. Nike+ told me I was averaging around 11. My first mile split was 11:22. I really should have sped up a little around 0.5 mile in and taken advantage of the downhill slope. During a crucial point in the water station hand-off I heard “Elizabeth!” and fumbled the cup. So sad. I got a fresh cup, sipped a little, waved to my enthusiastic friend, and kept on truckin’.
It seemed like everyone was walking. How were all these people walking when I ran my way here? I dunno. All I know is I was passing, passing, passing and it felt goood. I settled into a 10:20 pace (or so). Second mile split was 22:33.
The hills weren’t that bad. They were long but not nearly as steep at the hill I’ve been training on.
I neared the school much sooner than I thought seemed appropriate. Before I knew it I was heading down the ramp to the bouncy track!
Isn’t this little guy the worst? He wasn’t today! The track was nice to run on and, surprise! Boyfriend came up and ran next to me for the last little bit. Turns out he finished about three minutes before me. I passed one runner and was going to be happy with that, but he cheered me on and encouraged me to take the pack of runners in front of me. I ran absolute full-sprint at the pack of five and passed four of them right at the end (could have taken the last guy but didn’t want to be a jerk with a potential collision). I was cruisin’! When I really kicked it up at the end, boyfriend’s comment was “uh.. I can’t go that fast”.
I was really hoping to do better than my run two years ago (34:59.5), which I accomplished (so technically a PR?), but it wasn’t by very much: 34:41.3. I know I lost some time at the starting line, but I really wish I had run a bit faster in the beginning. And, I felt so much stronger than my previous race. Last time I remember just barely finishing and feeling like poopie. I felt much better this time (but I needed to walk off that sprint!).
Me: 34:41.3, 247/353 overall, 14/21 age group (last time I was dead last in my age group!)
Boyfriend: 31:44.0, 199/353 overall, 15/19 age group
Excellent post-race party! Lots of food (Great Harvest Bread Co., fruit, snacks, water, Gatorade, etc), chatted with friends, and even met an Internet one in-person (hi, Mica!).