Bus pickup went smoothly, they had lots of busses, our bus driver seemed to hit every yellow light and slam on the brakes as soon as she saw it turn yellow.
We got out to the starting area about 40 minutes early and had lots of time to use the porta potties twice before the lines got really long on them.
Pre-race photo with my good friend Billie Jo, who is also going to run the Napa Ragnar with me
The first three miles went at a pretty steady 7:38 pace and felt pretty good, but my right sciatic was bothering me a little. I had to hold back my pace a little and I felt like around mile 4ish I finally warmed up good and got into a good groove.
I had a girl run with me for awhile, she said she felt like I had a good pace, but I could tell by her labored breathing she was not going to be able to stick with me for the whole race.
Miles 4-9 I felt really strong and passed people that had gone out too fast. I was still holding a pretty steady 7:40ish pace, breathing felt good, legs felt good, back was no longer bothering me.
About mile 10 my legs started to feel a little tired and by mile 11 I was questioning being able to hold onto my pace for the rest of the half. Mile 12 was a struggle! My legs were tired and it was starting to feel warm out. The last mile hurt too, but at least at that point I knew it was my last mile plus .1 and I could do it.
Garmin read 1:41:12 with 13.18 miles for a pace of 7:41
officially 1:41:12 with a 7:44 pace for the 13.1
good enough for 61 out of 2300 female finishers and 11 in my age group.
so how does that stack up to my goals?
- A goal is to come in under 1:40 which would be an average pace of 7:38
- B goal is to come in around 1:41:42 like predicted with a 7:46 pace
- C goal is to come in under 1:45 which would be a 8:01 pace
Billie Jo and I got our finisher photo then went back to the hotel to shower and find somewhere to eat some breakfast.
I also had to get a picture with my son's first grade teacher post race.
How was your weekend?