A busy week followed by a busy weekend. Feels like I have not had a break in over a month. But if life wasn't busy what fun would that be?
Saturday I attended my future sister-in-laws baby shower. I am so excited for her because she is having identical TWIN BOYS!! One of the things I am looking forward to when I marry Brian is gaining sisters and nephews because I am an only child. It was a fun day of family and friends with lots of food!
Just like when Brian's sister had her son last March, I made blankets for the babies!
Sunday dawned early as Brian and I headed to the 15k race. I met a friend from running club and we warmed up together. It was a cold 35F morning with lots of sun. The plan was to start off slow (8-8:15 pace) and then negative split the second half but that didn't exactly work out.
It was an extremely hilly course and the toughest 15k I have ever run (even tougher than the Boilermaker 15k). I started off feeling really good at about a 7:45 pace which was too fast but I was feeling good so I just kept going.
At the 6 mile mark I saw Brian and my running coach. They both cheered me on as I continued to run. A little after the 10km mark the course started a gradual uphill for almost a mile and it was brutal. I slowed down and started to get tired. If the last 5km of the race had not been mainly uphill I think I would have broken my PR of 1:11 from last years Boilermaker.
Although it was hilly, I finished feeling good and not totally spent. This was supposed to be a training run/tune up race to see where I am at for the half marathon and I think I have that now.
Finish Time: 1:12:23
Average pace: 7:46
Age Group: 4/45
Another race in the books...another step closer to the half marathon in May!