Before I give my usual rambling recap, let’s rewind to this same race in 2010. It took place in the first weekend of September and was cold and rainy. I remember wearing long sleeves to the race and after the race putting on layers to keep warm.
Ok back to 2011, I registered for the race and expected the same conditions, maybe not rain but at least something cooler. However on race day it was predicted to be a high of 90 and was at 88% humidity before the race even started.
So I prior to the race I set out for a 2 mile warm up which somehow ended up being almost a 3 mile warm up, oops. And after saying hi to a slew of other runners that were there I headed over and lined up with the 4:40 mile pace group. Ahhhhhh just kidding, wanted to make sure you were paying attention. I actually lined up with the 7 minute milers.
Just before the race started I got super nervous again. Why does this keep happening to me? Anyways the gun went off and off I went. I tried my hardest not to go out too fast but my first mile was def under 7 mins, oops again.
After that my watch went a little crazy or I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally hit a button and the next thing I knew I looked at my watch and no pace, no time, nothing. (insert mini freak out because I love my Garmy!)
So not knowing my pace but just knowing it was super hot outside I just tried to keep up my pace as good as I could. The rest of the race was pretty much a blur or I was delusion but before I knew it I was at mile 4 and the clock there said 30 mins so I knew that I would finish in under 40 mins (which was my unofficial goal).
As I neared the finish line I had nothing left, no sprinting at the end for me but I still finished with a time of 38:33 which was good enough for 2nd in my age group!!!!! Super pumped because last year I wasn’t even close to placing and there are usually a ton of super fast runners there.
After the race I went and “cooled down” by running an additional 4 miles. I know at least 3 people commented on why I was still running. Hello, I am a crazy runner person, duh
And if you think I was kidding about the 4:40 mile pace group. The top 3 guys ran paces of 4:42, 4:44 and 4:48. They must have literally been flying….I was practically right behind them…almost.
Ok the picture doesn’t do it justice but it is a small but is hanging on me.
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Next race is the Oktoberfest 5K on Monday!!!