So, the race started at 4:30am, which is a tad early in my opinion for a race, but who am I to contest the start time. Normally I would show up well before the gun went off, but this morning, I was running a bit behind and was barely brushing my teeth with only 2 minutes until gun time.
Luckily I had my pacer to keep me on track...
it wasn't long until we were both geared up and ready to head to the starting line.
Considering what an important race it was, I was surprised that there wasn't a bigger showing. I've never raced with the stroller before and was worried about being in the way, but had no problem lining up right in front. (Here's a lovely view of the start... straight up hill.)
Less than a mile in, we ran into a small snafu (who picked this route anyway) but the detour wasn't too bad and soon we were back on track.
Just a short while later (really a little over an hour) and we were done. It was a little too dark for any race pics. I was hoping to get one at the halfway point when I crossed the river, but I was in a groove and didn't want to pause for a photo that probably wouldn't have turned out anyway. Nothing too eventful happened, although there was a biker that crashed the course and tried to run us over after blinding us with his headlamp. Could he seriously not see the stroller?! It has so much reflection it lights up like a Christmas tree.
My pacer got a bit bored of the scenery and opted to rest a bit (and by a bit, I mean about 8 miles).
Although the paparazzi missed the finish line, they were happily waiting to snap this lovely post race photo. (See what I mean about the stroller... it practically glows!)
My pacer seemed a bit disappointed in the run at first
but then I realized he was just puckering up for a nice post race (can you say uber sweaty?) congratulatory kiss.
All-in-all it was a good run/race and leaves me feeling pretty excited about my upcoming race in a week. My main goal was to try and find my half-mary goal pace (8:00+/-) and stick with it to see how it felt. Here's a look in numbers:
I tried really hard to track my individual mile splits, but it just didn't work out. (I hate that the Nike Sensor & coordinating application doesn't do that for me.) With a total distance of 8.29 miles (again, who picked this course?!), and a finishing time of 1:04:14, I averaged 7:45/mile which is pretty exciting because my goal was 8:00 and it didn't kill me. :P
So... Happy (slightly belated) Birthday to Ms. MCM Mamma, I hear 40 is a great number to be... enjoy! Thanks for organizing this race.