All week the weather said 80% chance of rain for Monday morning which was slightly depressing because I did not want to run a race in almost pouring rain. Sunday night was pretty rainy with lots of lightning but when I woke up just before 6am on Monday there was no rain! Thank goodness!
I wasn't really nervous for this race - I just wanted to go out there and run a good race! I ate a quick breakfast of oatmeal and coffee and we were on our way. For a special treat, Brian's mom and dad came with us to the race. I was touched that they took the time to come and cheer me on!
We arrived at the race with time to spare and I picked up my bib and waited for my running buddy to arrive. Somehow I had managed to convince her to run this race and use it as a training run for her half marathon in two weeks! I was excited to at least have someone there to warm up with and wave to on the out and back course!
|Walking to the start.|
Soon it was time to go! With out much fanfare, the gun went off and we were off. I took off much too fast but the pace didn't seem to hurt and I could not slow down. It took me almost a whole mile to rein in my pace to just over 7 min/mile. We had one small out and back portion first and I saw everyone in front and behind me which was a great boost. The course was right by the lake and it was just beautiful to run by. Just before mile two I passed my little spectating crew! It was great to see them but sadly that was the last time I saw them until the finish.
The next portion was a long out and back loop and as I continued on, the group I was with slowly began to thin from 10 runners to 6 to 4. An older man and I ran with each other for almost 5 miles and it was great to have a pacer but I fell behind in the last mile. The course was apparently a net down hill but there were two long gradual hills from mile 3 to 5 which took its toll on me later. By mile 8, I just kept telling myself - "one more mile that's 7 minutes, that's easy you can run for 7 more minutes!"
I didn't realize my time until I turned the corner and saw the finish clock ticking up. I was so surprised to see it tick just into the 1:06 times. I sprinted as fast as my legs would take me and crossed the finish line - thankful to be done! It was an awesome race that really was just a blur for me. I think I was concentrating so hard on putting one foot in front of each other that I missed many of the details of the race.
|Now there is my death face!|
|To the finish!!|
Time: 1:06:21 (a five minute PR - previous time of 1:11:13)
I could not have asked for a better way to start this week! I cannot believe that I ran so fast today and in just under 5 days I will get to marry Brian! Basically this is going to be the best week of my life!