Unlike Two Cities, this course was completely flat & fast. Not one hill of death!
I told Mike my only goal is to keep a 8:30 pace per mile & I’d be happy. Although, I never did the math to figure out what my goal time was. I don’t like to set goals in races because I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on myself and it takes the fun out of racing. I never want to feel like running is a chore, it’s my hobby & I love it!
I took Fri & Sat completely off to have fresh legs. By race time rolled around I was more than ready to go.
This is not a very scenic course. It’s along country roads & farmland. I don’t mind it because it was super flat & that’s pretty much what I train on.
Miles 1-6 were easy & went by pretty fast. I grabbed a cup of water or Gaterade at every aid station since it was warm. I also started chomping on Jelly Belly Sport Beans around 3.5. One thing I’ve learned is that I need to start fueling & hydrating early & stay ahead of it. I tend to get dehydrated easily.
Around mile 4, I settled into my groove when I found a guy & girl to pace with. I stayed close to them until mile 11.37. (I’ll tell you why later.) They kept a perfect pace, not slow or fast but enough to push myself to keep up.
I’d have to say mile 7 was one of the hardest. I don’t even know why. My legs felt heavy and slowed down a bit. But I never let my “pacers” get to far ahead of me & always caught up. I also grabbed another cup of water.
Miles 8-11 were more of a mind game than anything else. Physically I was doing good. Just the normal aches & pains. At mile 10 I told my pacer, just a 5k left and at mile 11 she told me “just 2 more miles, we got this!” But the last 2 aid stations ran out of water & I was becoming dehydrated. I had to make the tough choice to stop for the first time at 11.37 when I saw a lady standing on the side of the road in front of her house and asked her if she had water. She was so nice, ran inside & brought me a glass. I am so grateful for her! There was no way I would have made it to the finish line without it.
I can’t tell you how bad it sucked watching runners pass me and loosing my place. But I absolutely had to stop if I was going to finish. So I thanked her again and took off. I made up for lost time & passed all but 2 people that passed me. I never could catch up to my pacers, I think they were about a minute ahead.
Around mile 12 I saw Mike in the road taking pictures & cheering me on! I can not tell you how much having my husband support there made me feel. It was amazing to see him cheering for me on the course!
As I got closer to the finish line I kept doing fist pumps in the air (yes, I’m a dork) & encouraging other runners. Then I realized we had to run past the finish line, run down another block & back to cross the finish line. I was sad. I just wanted to be done.
I passed one last guy and crossed the finish line feeling strong.
Garmin time: 1:52:16
Official time: 1:53:15
I am more than happy with my time & pace!
Time for the after shots, Mike’s favorite part…making fun of me. 😉
Results were posted super fast. The race director get’s an A++ in my book!
I couldn’t believe it, I placed 3 out of 22 in my age group!
10th out of 97 women, 46th out of 175 overall.
Let the eating begin.
The thing that really sucks, is the girl I was pacing with, took 1st place in the same age group. I could have had first or second place if I didn’t stop. But I’m still very happy about my time and that I even placed.
And an obscene amount of this~
Now it’s your turn. Tell me about a race/event that made you feel great!