Let’s back track to yesterday.
I ran 12 miles on Friday at an embarrassing 11:30 pace. I wore my Reeboks which have solved the front foot pain but these & my Asics give me pain after 3 miles on inner back side of the left foot. Lot’s of pain.
I decided yesterday on a beautiful sunny Saturday (my rest day) to go to FleetFeet and ask for advice. They said I pronate on my left foot and recommended a different type of running shoe – Saucony Mirage.
Just a coincidence that they matched my race outfit for today!!! I was just hoping that my feet wouldn’t hurt!!!!
A: finish in under 10 min/mi
B: run the whole thing (or almost the whole thing)
C: have fun and finish pain-free and strong
The weather forecast has varied but the latest was cloudy, chance of showers but in the 50′s.
I decided on shorts (it’s April!!) and a long sleeve shirt.
The race was only 10 minutes from my house and I got the last spot in the parking lot. I immediately bumped into so many people that I knew: 2 local bloggers (Jen and Heather), 2 profs from the law school where I work, my close friend’s hubby, and others.
I was very cold waiting for the race to begin. Many racers were wearing tights, jackets, etc. Boy am I glad that I didn’t.
I quickly warmed up and was sweating by the end.
This race was a lot of fun. I felt no pressure so I just ran. I am familiar with the neighborhoods (although I don’t run here.) I was surprised at how fast my pace was and I was worried whether or not I would die. So I kept slowing down till the last mile.
Mile 1: 9:21
Mile 2: 9:25
Mile 3: 9:28 (water stop)
Mile 4: 9:39
Mile 5: 8:58
Garmin Time: 46:53
There were a lot of spectators along the course. I had to high five at least 5 kids.
My new Sauconys seem to have fixed my left foot problem but my right foot hurts like before. (Does any one run in 2 different running shoes?!)
There were no chips for this race. You just handed the bottom of your bib to someone at the finish line – I don’t know how they get an accurate time.
I was so warm after the race that I went to my car & changed into the shirt they gave us – a women’s technical tee shirt!
Then I headed back to the finish line to catch some of my friends cross.
The refreshments were pretty good. I had some Chobani Greek yogurt and some cake. They also had vegetable soup, bread, oranges, bananas, etc.
Unfortunately there were a lot of speedy 55-59 year old women in this race and I didn’t come close to a AG award. (My official time was posted as 47:03) They gave out umbrellas and certificates as prizes.
I am thrilled with how good I felt at the end of the race! ALL GOALS ACHIEVED!!!!!!!!!! (3 minutes faster than Goal A)
So the Delmar Dash is now on my list of races I have to run.
Next up – Half Marathon in 13 days!!!