Here's the breakdown of the day. I found some great parking, walked to the starting area with a teacher from MPS that I met along the way. Used the bathroom, and went over the Pace Team area where I talked to my friend Bill who was pacing the 2:20 group. Also, said hi to a Tweep, who actually used to work with one of my teammates from Ragnar (small world).
I went over to gear check, where I saw my friend, Yomarie, who was excited and ready to rock this race. Her enthusiasm was awesome, and made me relax a bit.
|Yomarie and I, check out the fog!|
I started with the 1:40 group, hoping that I could get back down to that time...I was close in March. However, I felt it was too slow at the beginning, so I did what I always do GO TOO FAST AT THE START. My second mile was a 7:09, duh, not sure what gets into me.
Things over the Hoan were much better than last year, so mentally it did not beat me this year. It helped that it was quite foggy, and the sun hadn't completely broke through. I even saw the woman I walked in with from the parking lot, she hollered "Go Librarian" at me. Awesome.
Also, I saw a walker who was an amputee on the other side of the road. I wanted to yell a positive shout, but got all choked up and could only manage a thumbs up...I have to get Drew to walk a race.
Anyway, the race continued to go well, but I was slowing down, the 1:40 pace group passed me as I was chugging up Alterra hill...Lafayette Hill. I ran through the water stops, as I was carrying my handheld. At mile ten though, I decided it was time for a walk and I wanted to keep walking, when a man gave me the boost I needed to tell me to keep going and get back on track. We ran together for a bit, before I told him to move on. We talked at the finish, and I was grateful for his pick-me-up. Runners are such a great group of people who support each other. I love that!
At the finish, I saw Jason and the girls, and my parents, that put a big smile on my face. I threw them my handheld, although I am not sure why as I was done.
Anyway, the course was much better than last year, and I was happy to be finished. I am mentally done with racing for a bit (ok, I am doing a 4th of July race) but am looking forward to logging running miles versus racing miles for a bit!
|The girls and I|
Then we headed to Alterra so they could caffeinate for the trip. The rest of day I relaxed and took it easy.
However, I am still doing the Runner's World Run Streak so got back out the next day and ran 4 miles with Jason. :) I am enjoying the streak more than I thought I would. Have you streaked before? How long?
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