I believe over 4,000 runners showed up for the race and I’m so short you can’t even come close to finding me in this pic.
I was really nervous about this race with my plantar fasciitis flare up going on. I did a 1.5 mile warm up and I could already feel the tightness and soreness. That tightness got worse just before the start from standing around in the cold. When the gun went off I was so nervous my legs weren’t going to work they were so tight.
As funny as my legs felt, I just went through the motions of the race and told myself “run your own race“. Malachi is a huge race with the top runners in the area participating. I’m lucky to come in the top 10 of my age group for this race so it is nice to focus on solely competing with myself.
I ran the first mile in 6:45 and the 2nd mile is mostly downhill so I wasn’t worried about holding a certain pace or pushing myself. However the 3rd mile is mostly flat and you feel that downhill on your legs. I would have ran a pretty good 5K race at this point. The next section is up the huge hill around the browns stadium, it went by a lot faster than I expected. However, my pace went way down.
For the last mile, I was concentrating on getting up and over the last hill which is actually the Superior bridge. Once you are over the bridge it is all downhill from there (in the best way possible). I let that downhill carry me down the bridge and saw my pace picking up. In the past the finish line would be not far after you get off the bridge. This year the finish line was down a huge huge hill. I barreled down it and hoped it would get me to my goal time.
I was shooting for anything in the 36s. It’s not a PR but it’s a time I felt I could run while dealing with this plantar fasciitis. As hard as I was pushing down that hill, I didn’t quite make my goal. I did however run a 37:12 a 7:26 pace, so only 12 seconds from being in the 36s. Not my best time and not my worst so I’ll take it and improve from there.
I finished out the day with 8 more miles making it 14 for the day.
While looking through the photos from the race, I found this gem of a finish line photo. I have high hopes that one day I can get a photo like this.
Do you have any awesome finish line photos? Or are you like me and usually get a photo while you are stopping your watch.