Woke up to an overcast morning with a 50/50 chance of rain. forecast said it was supposed to be 48 degrees by the start of the race = PERFECT race temperature if you ask me. My calf muscles were feeling a little tight so I decided to wear some compression socks. I also went with my new Lululemon running skirt.
|I am so pumped up for this race!
|Pre-race photo with my sis Jami
By the time my sis and I got to the race and found parking it was 15 minutes before gun time. I really needed to use the port a potty, but the lines were long so I decided to give up and just race with a full bladder. :( Mostly I knew it was nerves, but a little bit I really had to go! I weaved my way to the front of the line, which isn't something I have done before for the Women's Run, but I knew I was going to be at least a top twenty finisher so I felt daring.
The gun went off and there were a hundred little beeps that followed as everyone turned on their Garmins and we were off. The first mile felt really great and I felt full of energy still as I hit the 1 mile marker. I was pulling a pretty good pace and knew I couldn't maintain 6:46 minute miles for four more miles so I slowed down just a little. I wanted to try to stay around a 6:55 pace. The second mile went pretty fast, there was only 7 or 8 runners in front of me so I focused on the closest one and kept rolling along. Close to the three mile mark I started to struggle a little as I realized I was about at the 5k mark and was running about 5k pace. Could I keep it up? The fourth mile was the slowest at 7:04 and then I started to get a second wind and was able to pick up the pace again. Shortly after I was passed not once, but twice . Aaack was this how the last mile was going to be? Was I dying, had I gone out too fast and was now paying the price? As a struggled towards the finish line I pulled out the last bits of energy and pushed with everything I had. It was good enough to pass two people and up 8th overall!
|Tiki and I, she is a freaking awesome runner!
|My sis and I after the race!
|My friend Sarah, so proud she ran the whole thing!