|I'm kind of a little jealous of her cool camo tights.|
The 5 mile started at 8 am. We met up with the rest of the Team Beef Montana 5 milers at 7:30 for a team picture and then ran over to the porta potties. Luckily we hit them just before the line got long, whew!
I had 4 kids to get up and get moving in the morning so I had been just a tad late getting out of the house instead of my usual super early so I can stop at a gas station and use the bathrooms early.
Anyway back to the race. Goals... I didn't really write any down but I KNEW I wanted to be faster than last years time of 37:06 and I of course would have loved to beat my PR for this race of 34:58. I was planning on starting out right around a 7:00 pace.
The first mile of course was all adrenaline and I kept having to slow myself down. I did a 7:03 for the first mile. The second mile felt pretty good too and was 7:04. I was happy the third mile was still feeling good but I could tell I was losing a little steam.
The fourth mile for me is always the hardest in this race, legs are getting tired and the finish line still seems a long way off! 7:14... ouch! They have a timing mat after the fourth mile and my garmin read 4.16 miles and mentally this hurt me, I was tired!
Luckily the timing mat was just off as when I crossed the finish line I had 5.04 miles and a time of 35:57. My third fastest Women's run and over a minute faster than last year. YAY!
As soon as I finished and had the timing chip cut off my shoe I grabbed a water and jogged the half a mile or so to where my daughter and aunt were waiting for me. I grabbed my daughter and we were off to the start of the 2 mile race.
As soon as the gun went off she decided she had to use the porta potty. Luckily I could see one not too far up ahead. As soon as went got to it, someone else went in right in front of us, so we lost about a minute there, but then she was off again. Just after a mile in she took a short walk break and then ran hard the rest of the way.
I ended up 4th in my age group. One year I ran this race 9 seconds slower and won my age group and was 8th overall. This year 23rd overall. All depends on who shows up!
|The girl who won my age group and the overall is an elite triathlete. That's her arm.|
Overall two great races and lots of fun!