Felice and I were talking yesterday how we felt like this year's race was a bit of a buzz kill after all the marathon hype from the beginning of May. A lot of our running friends weren't running the race at all. And to top it off, the forecast called for rain, rain, and more rain.
|Sharon, me, and Felice in our secret parking spot.|
|Felice, me, Sharon, Darlene, and Gail|
After that, it was time to line up. We ended up in the front of our corral, and we were pretty close to the start line. That's always a bonus because then once the race starts, we don't get caught up in the mish-mosh of people and I can maintain an even pace. Anyway - the horn blew, and off we went. Sharon and I stuck together going up the dreaded hill. When we got to the top, we separated. And weirdly enough, the rain stopped.
I was running fast and hit mile 1 at a 7:48 pace. Wowsers. That is really fast for me. Really fast. Too fast. I knew I would never be able to keep the pace up. I kept going and I realized that my breathing was a little raspy. Thankfully I had taken my inhaler. I didn't realize how humid it was despite the rainy weather.
I hit mile 2 and my pace was at 8:22. I really wanted to PR - so I kept going. I tried to push those crazy thoughts out of my head how lovely it would be to stop and walk for 20 seconds just to catch my breath. But - I didn't. I kept going.
I hit the last half mile and gave it all I had, as I ran down the hill. When I hit the finish line, I knew I had hit a PR. I was so happy. And I was so very happy to be done.
Official time: 26.39.
Yup. That's a course PR, and an overall PR for me. I am pretty darn happy about that.
I was 667 out of 3,892 runners.
I was 76 out of 453 women in my age group.
Overall pace was 8:35.
To say I am thrilled is an understatement. I wasn't sure how I would do going into today's race. I wasn't sure how my knee would be. And I really wasn't trained for this race. I hadn't done any speed work at all. But, I kept telling myself that I just ran 26 miles a few weeks ago. So - I should be able to spit out 3 miles with no problem. And I did.