I've never ran a race in the rain and this was going to be a first. I've did some training runs and it wasn't too bad but it never was for 13 miles. I knew I wouldn't melt or drown. ;) Besides, you can't predict the weather. You just gotta suck it up and go!! And besides, you'll feel like a bad a** while doing it. The forecast right before I went to bed called for it to be clear at gun time. Wake up the next morning.....rain, rain, rain. Thankfully, it wasn't a down pour and the temps were nice. But we had rain coming from the left for a bit. Then coming from the right and head on. And at times it felt like it was coming up from the ground as well. ;) I had to wring out my shirt atleast 4 times. My feet didn't get extremely soaked. And most importantly...no chafing or blisters to report. Woot Woot.
|It's always fun meeting new people who love running as|
much as you do. (I know the two ladies on the end ;)
Photo from Lisa Gilder
|And we are off....|
Well....the chase for that 2:15 PR continues. I am not sure what happened with this race. I am thinking I started out too fast. Which is something I normally don't do. Maybe it has to do with the speed classes I've been doing. ;) My legs felt great, which I was worried about because just a few days prior to the race my legs felt like concrete polls. It sucked!!! I ate what I should have the week before and week of the race. I hydrated extremely well, hitting a gallon (sometimes over) of water everyday. I used a pace band, something I never have before, just to help keep me on point. When reaching mile 1, I looked down at my watch and it said 9:22. The band said 10:23. I slowed down some but reached mile 2 a few minutes before I should have. Once reaching mile 8, I was about 5 minutes off my goal time. I started to pick up the pace but by the time I reach mile 10. I was even futher off. My plan didn't work in slowing down a little after the first few miles. Maybe I should have kept going fast like I was?! When I reached mile 11 at 2:10 and I just wanted to stop. I ended up finishing a minute slower than I did last year at 2:39.
|Here comes my running buddy Teresa killing her PR with a 2:22!!!|
|Yeah...that face looks familiar. Looks exactly like the Oak Barrel Finish.|
|Running Buddy Finish Line Photo|
In addition to running the half, I also did a virtual race as well. It was a 10k for Nine Line Foundation. They choose one wounded hero and help them in reaching their goals of a new normal. This year, their candiate is my buddy Chaz Allen. Nine Line raised $50,000 for the Allen's!!! I am so excited for them. If you would like to learn more about Nine Line you can check them out HERE.
|Isn't that coin snazzy?! It's a bottle opener.|
Until next time...the chase for the 2:15 continues.