It was a little chilly when I got to Red Lodge where the shuttle would take us to the start line, I was about half a hour early so I hung out in my car for awhile and then wandered around until I found some people I knew and before I knew it we were loading the bus to the start.
It was cold up at the start. I stood around for shivering and finally took off for a warm up run. The sun came it and I stripped down to my tank. I was later very glad I did, a lot of others kept on their long sleeve shirts and I think we're sorry later. I also wore my fuel belt, there was mention of a water stop halfway through, but I never did see one. I ate a chocolate gu ten minutes before the start and finally it was time to go!
I was unsure of how to pace myself for a 9.3 mile race, so I was thinking just faster than half marathon pace, about 7.20ish. My first mile was fast and I wondered if I should slow down, but I was running with another girl whose name I never got and she was setting a fast pace. It felt good though so I decided to stay with her as long as I could. Four miles in we were still running sub seven miles and I ate a Roctane, and drank some nuun. I was worried doing this would throw off my pace and I would lose pacer girl, but I actually sped up as I did so. We made great time and passed a number of people.
Just after 4 miles in I noticed she started slowing a bit. This bummed me out a little as I really felt like she was helping push me, I stayed with her for a bit hoping she would rally and stay with me, but she kept fading.
I didn't. I kept going pushing the pace as much as I dared.
I had no iPod with me and was worried I would lose focus or motivation, but I never did. I kept repeating my mantras and focused on the guy in neon yellow in front of me, slowly, slowly I reeled him until with one mile to go I was on his heels. I passed him several times and was really hurting the last mile, I don't think he liked getting passed by a girl in a skirt. He would speed up and pass me back. I was also getting hot. It was now 55 degrees and sunny.
The course was downhill, but with lots of rolling hills and I was told once I hit town it would be all downhill, so imagine my disappointment when I noticed a slight up hill once I got halfway through town! I do recommend this run though. Beautiful scenic views from the Beartooth Highway.
Funny thing is I think I beat him at the end, but I couldn't tell you that for a fact. I got over the timing matt and sprinted to my biker Troy, handed him the timing chip and he was off. I had a great time hanging out at the finish cheering on the other runners.
My favorite mantra for this race was: Make this moment count.
Others I used: Be you bravely, soldier on. This is what I do. And I can do another mile, what is another mile, nothing to me.
But mostly "make this moment count", kept me focused and motivated. I felt great and was glad I decided to rest Friday and Saturday even though I hadn't planned to.
9.3 miles in 1 hour 5 minutes and 16 seconds, per my Garmin. I don't have the official time yet. I didn't hang around for the festivities or the rest of the bike or paddle portions. I had to come home to take care of two little people :) Automatic race distance PR since it is the first time I have raced a 9.3 mile race.
I will post the final placing for my team as soon as I find out, but I wanted to get my part down while it was fresh in my head. I know I was the second girl in, but that is all I know at this point. So excited to find out how my team mates did!
Damn you're speedy!ReplyDelete
That race sounds like fun. Congrats on the PR!! :)
Wow, Christy, you were flying!! Congrats to you- sounds like an awesome race!ReplyDelete
WOW that is fast :) I love the last pic, you look like you're going to a concert, not back from a race :)ReplyDelete
You are super fast! Lot the outfit.ReplyDelete
Congrats Christy! That is a speedy pace and nice job getting second female!!!ReplyDelete
Wow! Great time! And I really like that mantra...may have to borrow it :)ReplyDelete
Great job! My favorite race distance is 15k!ReplyDelete
Wow that is fast!!! Great job you!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
WOW! Congrats. Look at you :) Cant wait to hear more!!ReplyDelete
so awesome, so speedy, and I LOVE those mantras! Definitely a hardcore race for you, congrats!ReplyDelete
Nice job Speedy!!! I love automatic PR's!!ReplyDelete
Congrats on another great race for you!! love the outfit!!!ReplyDelete
Congrats, super speedy! Love that you beat the dude that didn't like you passing him...that feels so good! :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on an awesome race!!!! GREAT job! :)ReplyDelete
Great job, Christy! I love reading about your races. I hope your whole team did as well.ReplyDelete
Wow, great job. Sounds like you kicked some serious butt today!ReplyDelete
Wow, what an awesome race effort! I bet that dude pushed himself so much harder than normal because he didn't want to let you pass him. :)ReplyDelete
That is SO amazing! I love that distance, because it totally pushes you. You rocked it!!!!!ReplyDelete
Great job, Christy! WOWZERS I am proud of your for listening to yourself and pushing it. It paid off!!ReplyDelete
Seriously, I can't wait to see what your marathon time is. You're so fast!ReplyDelete
Way to go quick chick!! I love that you got that guy all frustrated...he did not want to get beat by you!!ReplyDelete
You completely smashed this race and I am so incredibly proud of you Christy! Major congratulations!! Very exciting things to come for you this year. Way to go!!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a blast. Way to keep your mantra going. Live itReplyDelete
Awesome! What a weird distance! You totally rocked it. I think you are going to do so well in the marathon! Your pace is great!ReplyDelete
awesome job, can't wait to hear about the whole event. Sounds like a blast.ReplyDelete
WOWWWWWWW!!!!! you dominated this Christy!!! congrats!!!!ReplyDelete
Total DOMINATION! Way to go!!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! I was thinking of you when we were in Great Falls. I knew you would do great. Your dad & I are proud of you. :)ReplyDelete
And you ran so fast. Holy Moley. That is just so incredible. Cannot wait to hear how it all panned out... Great, Christy!ReplyDelete
Great job! And then you ran some more at home! :) You inspire me to no end!! And I love looking at your landscape in the background. Country all the way!ReplyDelete
Well done. Sounds like a nice race.ReplyDelete
Great job!! Check out the running skirt you're rocking! I love it! Pretty soon I'll be in Montana! I miss it!ReplyDelete
Great job! Sounds like this was a good race for you and your team!ReplyDelete