This race is always so exciting for me. (I posted why here.)
It’s been exactly one year since my last injury (A Broken 5th metatarsal.)
So of course, I was a little nervous, as well.
This year as I did previous years, I walked over from work yesterday to pick up my bib and goodies (shirt, bread & cookies).
After I picked up my goodies, I struggled up that hill walking that I would be running up today.
When I got up, I was happy to see that the weather was perfect for running. Breezy and oool but not too cold or too warm (unlike the heat of last year.)
I dressed for warm weather (short sleeved shirt, skirt) but with a jacket that I would wear until the race started.
I had my usual running breakfast (oatmeal & tea) and drove to work where I would leave my car and jog/walk the 1.5 miles to the start.
I wanted to get there early so I could meet friends.
I was early so I went down under the Plaza to use the real restrooms and bumped into my tennis friend Mary Pat.
Some of my former students organized a team (“We Ran It for Janet’) to support their friend who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I was not officially running on the team (since I registered for the race too early) but wanted to stop by and say hello.
2012 was such an emotional race. Last year, I was relaxed about it. But this year, I wanted to do well but not get HURT!
Around 9:30 or so, I pushed myself into the crowd. You lined up by colors (according to your projected finish time.) I moved up to see the elite runners go by and head to the front. I bumped into another runner that I met at the Bacon Hill 5k race. We chatted for a while.
Then there was the national anthem (which always makes me teary eyed in a big race.) And we were off.
Right off the bat, someone dropped something and bent down and I tripped over her and then the person behind me bumped into me. No one was hurt. Phew!
I tried to get moving. It was difficult but since it was a hill, going slow was ok. It was really congested until you got to the park. My pace was so slow.
I was cold from the breeze at the start but warmed up quickly and all I wanted was to run the whole race and finish strong.
Mile 1 was great. I felt strong . I was just trying to save it for the end. I passed the water stop (where I broke my foot last year) and continued on.
There is another uphill during the 2nd mile but I slowly willed myself up it.
Then came the 2nd water stop. I successfully passed that one too.
The 3rd mile gives you a break. It is pretty flat. I was fatigued but just pushed myself.
Finally came the downhill portion which leads to the finish line. It always makes me nervous so I can never let myself go full speed.
I heard the announcer say “if you hear me you can finish under 29 minutes”. So I tried to sprint.
I crossed at 29:04 but but my net time was 28:51.
Not my best (28:14) but far from my worst.
I was pleased.
And I did meet my goal. Under 30 minutes! And I didn’t stop at all!
mile 1: 9:47 (uphill in the congestion)
mile 2: 9:17
mile 3: 8:58
.14 – 7:38
NEGATIVE SPLITS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!
I waited at the finish for my friends.
We all got some refreshments – cookies, yogurt, fruit and
Afterwards there was dinner/auction fundraiser for my former student. It wasn’t until 12:30 so I took advantage of my free time to run some more.
I jogged/walked to the plaza and then back to my car – that was at least 2 miles so I just ran 3 more miles.
I’ll call it 8 miles for the day.
The fundraiser was fun. I ate lots of pizza and wings. (After all, I did run today!) I didn’t win any raffle items but it was nice to see all my former students. They graduated 24 years ago so are adults with kids of their own.
Tomorrow I head back to the lake.
Running + boating = perfect weekend
Happy Running! Enjoy your weekend! Did you race or do anything else fun?