|Lovely shot in our hotel room|
The tough part about racing away from home is the weather- when I was packing and watching the weather channel the day we left the prediction was for warm weather all week and in the 60's for race day! I even packed a sleeveless shirt just in case it was really warm, I never even imagined it was going to be cold so I didn't throw in arm sleeves or a long sleeve running shirt! Well, guess what- the temperature outside was only around 38 degrees, and it wasn't going to get much over 43 before the race started. Good thing I at least had a jacket so I brought that just in case.
|At Cynthia's with our "arm sleeves"|
|Will hanging out in the back of our car, trying to stay warm!|
|Just before the race, there was a little "high speed" pursuit|
Mile 1- 9:17 *getting warmed up
Mile 2- 9:07 *feeling good
Mile 3- 10:09 *water stop, start music
Mile 4- 9:43 *feeling good, the 10K runners turn back and we move onto pavement
Mile 5- 9:17 *pavement, no wind- feeling great
|Mile 5ish water station stop|
Mile 6- 10:52 *stopped to take my gel at water station. took a photo.
Mile 7- 9:30 *hello espresso gel, out in the middle of nowhere at this point!
Mile 8- 10:21 *long, steady incline here- I worry about keeping my breathing in check
Mile 9- 9:56 *I survive the hill, start my fantasy about the java chip frappuccino
Just after mile 8 I remember suddenly feeling really good- like I could keep stepping up my pace and I was going to be ok. That was my plan- well, that and having a grande java chip frappuccino! It was all I could think about, it sounded so good. Which is odd, because I don't even remember the last time I had any frappuccino, let alone a java chip one. I just kept running, thinking just how good that drink was going to taste, and I was even going to have WHIP CREAM on top because darn it, I earned it!
Then all of a sudden it hit me. Mile 9.5- we turned a corner onto the side of the highway and the wind was crazy strong. I could see the runners ahead of us walking and straining into the wind- it had to have been about 20 miles per hour and it was never ending. Which is probably good because I swear if it had just suddenly stopped I would have fallen flat on my face. Cynthia and I took turns running in front of each other but it really made very little difference. I couldn't even look up because I could feel my hat lift every time I did, and it was probably a good thing that I was wearing my glasses because they offered some protection to my eyes. At one point I glanced up ahead and my hat went flying off of my head and I had turn around and run after it!
Mile 10- 10:48 *the wind starts
Mile 11- 11:40 *the wind continues, we stop at the water station to breath for a second
Mile 12- 11:59 *more wind. took a few photos. wish I could hop in the back of a truck. Up, up, up
Mile 13- 11:38 *is the wind ever going to stop? The answer is no. Happy to be DONE!
|Mile 11.5 or so. That is one forced smile on my face!|
|Thought it would be funny to take a picture of our skirts blowing in the breeze. |
Not really too sure WHERE my skirt is!!!
|Hey look, my skirt is back! Almost done- Just. keep. moving.|
|Good thing we were wearing shorties under those skirts!|
|Love this- my hubby should be a race photographer. |
Holding hands as we touch down on the finish line.
Total time- 2:15:13 (cynthia beat me by 1/10 of a second)
Average pace- 10:17
Age group place- 10/18
Female place- 25/45
Overall place- 55/90
|A well deserved treat!|
|One of the race photo's. Will says I look like I am running to the library. |
My glasses didn't bother me at all, and may have been helpful in that wind.
Cynthia said she had tears streaming down her face but my eyes were just fine!