For starters, packet pickup was all day Saturday with no day of race pickup or registration. This was good because it made race day less chaotic. We got hooked up with a nice shirt, some Cliff shots, Luna bars, a bag from Lululemon and the promise of a free pair of shorts from Lululemon to be shipped later. Also, Sarah Bowen Shea came to read an excerpt from Run Like a Mother, sign some autographs and even pose for a picture.I'll spare you most of the details, but I was super nervous most of Saturday night and all of Sunday morning right up until the gun went off. That's the one thing I hate about racing... I get so worked up. Anyway, here I am with my cheering section... my husband, my kids and my mom who came up to watch the race (and help Dan with the kids).
Posing for more pics:
(that yellow shirt girl in front was a 1:40 pacer, that fell way behind me and I think ended up dropping out of the race)
Making sure all was in order with something, maybe my shoes?
Realizing that I had somehow ended up in front of the 1:40 pace group, better back up a bit (see the purple hat to my right? That's SBS. We chatted for a bit and she gave me a great compliment when she asked how old I was and told me I looked much more like my children's Au Pair than their mother. Maybe it's the pigtails?)
And, we're off...
(that girl in the white tank and I ran together most of the way)
I had 3 goals for my race:
1. (A+) goal was to finish in 1:45 (8:00 pace attainable, but with some work)
2. (A) goal was to come in around 1:50
3. (A-) goal was to come in under 2:00
There were pacers for 1:40 and 1:50 so I lined up in between them and figured if I kept the 1:40ers in sight and didn't let the 1:50 group pass me, I'd be golden. I started off a bit fast, I knew I would, but it felt okay. I had hoped to run with SBS as she said that she planned to run 8:00s too, but would be starting her first couple of miles at 8:20... I never saw her again after the start. My first 4 miles I was averaging between 7:30 and 7:40 pace, staying right with the 1:40 pace group. I let them get a bit in front of me between miles 5 and 6 but kept them within my sights. I stopped for a bit at mile 5 to stretch my calves on a curb and again at 7 to stretch my hamstrings... they were so tight. I hated to stop but the time I lost was worth it because I felt so much better after stretching.
At mile 9 I was a whole minute ahead of my goal time pace but I could feel myself slowing down and was glad to have the extra leeway. At some point during the race I had a chocolate outrage flavored GU (mile 6ish)and some fruit punch flavored Sport Beans (mile 10) as well as a couple sticks of peppermint flavored gum. I also had my handheld water bottle which I was truly happy to have. By 11 miles I was right on target, but fading fast. At mile 12.5 I hit my wall and it was a big one. It was so sad... I was so close to the end and I could barely go. My watch said that I slowed down to 12:30 pace... aaah!! I saw my mom and my littlest one right before the turn to the finish and tossed her my water bottle that had all of a sudden become so heavy! Luckily this helped me pull out of my funk without too much damage done and I was able to sprint it in for a strong (looking at least) finish.
After I finished and picked up some Ghiradelli chocolate and my cool finishers charm, I put on my new recovery sleeves thanks to my generous mother-in-law via Long Legs on the Loose (thank you so much!!) and enjoyed a couple of post race goodies. Then I stood up and realized what a bad idea it had been to sit down. I was on the verge of cramping in every muscle from my quads down to my toes.Luckily, they had a yoga studio that had a bunch of mats and tents and instructors to help runners stretch tired muscles. It felt great!
So, here are the results:
Official chip time 1:46:40, pace 8:09
Finished 82/1555 overall and 24/267 out of my age group.
I think it was a great race. There were a few pretty speedy runners, in fact the overall winner finished with a time of 1:14:40. Holy smokes that is fast! There were a lot of spectators along the whole course, a few guys running in costume (dressed as women of course, as I passed one I suggested that he could run faster if he were wearing a sports bra instead of the flashy pink push up he had on), some great music at the start and along the way and plenty of water, Gatorade and Clif shots.
Thanks to all of you for your encouraging words and advice these last few months, it helped a lot. I was happy to have my family there cheering me on and felt pretty cool sporting my recovery sleeves under my skirt when we went to church after the race. :)
Today, I'm wishing that my house didn't have so many stairs and that I had worked a little bit more on my core during my training... time to rededicate myself to the Hard Core Club.