|I didn't get my race bib until about 5 minutes before the race started- I was a bit stressed!!|
I walked into work around 4pm on Thursday October 13th and one of my regular customers stopped me and asked if I was still planning to volunteer at the Race for a Soldier on Sunday October 16th. I told him no, that I had received an email that said they already filled all the volunteer spots- so he asked me if I would like to run it instead. For free! His girlfriend was registered but had not trained for it properly so would not be using her bib. I told him I needed to think about it, and I would let him know by the next morning.
You are all thinking "what the heck are you thinking about Ms Half Fanatic?" right? Well, I had resumed my intense training that week and there was absolutely no way to taper- plus I was playing soccer Friday night! I had done yoga and spin on Monday, track repeats on Tuesday (7 miles), spin on Wednesday and a tempo run on Thursday (8 miles)!! Yikes! Also- I would have to go to WORK after the race was over- at 2pm. However, after about an hour I realized OF COURSE I would take the opportunity to run. I would rest on Saturday and keep my pace in my training zone so I wouldn't overdo it. I was scheduled for 10 miles anyways!
|Don't I look thrilled to be waiting in line for the port o potties? |
That lady behind me had no clue what personal space was! She looks happy
about something though...Oh, and it was NOT that dark outside!
I was happy to be a part of this race, that is why I signed up to volunteer originally. I love races that bring communities together to make a difference in people's lives. Anyways, now that you have the background- here is the quick recap!
|10 minutes before race- and still no bib. Waiting for Reid to find us!|
|Less than 1/2 mile to go- super focused on passing that guy in the red shorts! |
Did not see Will at all.
|Rounding the final corner. I passed those guys too!|
Mile 1- 9:24
Mile 2- 9:25
Mile 3- 9:46
Mile 4- 9:24
Mile 5- 10:07 (entirely uphill. for over a mile.)
Mile 6- 9:50 (still going uphill)
Mile 7- 9:38
Mile 8- 10:07 (couple of short, steep ones here)
Mile 9- 9:27
Mile 10- 9:53
Mile 11- 9:56 (a big downhill, followed by big uphill)
Mile 12- 9:36
Mile 13- 8:25 (I ran this mile for the soldiers. I was tired but pushed it anyways. I was focused.)
Mile .1- 7:49 (speed- I am speed LOL)
|My finish photo- love what you do, do what you love. |
That smile says it all!
Overall place- 446/936
Female place -178/517
Female age group- 23/76
Pace- 9:37 (pretty close to my target pace of 9:42!)
|Remember my buddy Jason from Ragnar? He ran as well!|
|What? I was hungry!|
|Me and my adoring fans. Ok fine, my daughter and two of her friends. They came straight from a |
sleepover party to cheer me on!