time = 21:48
pace = 8:10 average
placed 1st in my age group (40-49) out of 29
placed 3rd in women out of 110
placed 8th overall out of 163
i was much slower this year than last. my time last year was 19:53 but given i was uninjured, running consistently, and the weather was nice enough for shorts... well, i think i'll take my time today and be happy with it. i should mention that i was signed up for the 20k but given the way my leg has been feeling i went early this morning and changed my registration to the 4.2k to be safe. i'd rather finish well in something short than have a DNF in something long that i'm ill prepared for.
|kellie, me, and amanda pre-race|
|the course (as recorded by my garmin)|
in the final downhill stretch another teenage girl passed me and i made the decision to not try and get ahead of her because again... not in my age group and for fuck's sake... my leg was numb. the whole time i was trying to figure out how many people were ahead of me because well... that's how i roll. why is it that running looks so effortless for these kids? i mean... i'm busting my ass out there and this girl just glides past me like she's doing a little waltz. when i look at the stats tho' it looks like i came in just before her not exactly beating her as we both have the same 21:48 time... our milliseconds must be different tho'... i really pulled it out around the last bend but i didn't notice where she was at that point as i was looking at the finish. no matter how hard i try i simply cannot shrug off my competitive bug.
lastly, a little kid passed me up around the same time that teenage girl did. earlier on i passed him and 2 others who were 3 deep, but man, those little kids get that second wind and they are fast. again... no effort was made in this 10 year old's passing me. none... he just slid right past me like he was on some of those heely shoes or something. *sigh* that kid beat me by 3 seconds! i wish i could get a second wind like that but no dice... i was simply glad that i was still on my feet given that i have no endurance from all NON-running i've been doing lately.
if you get a chance to come out and run this next year please do. it is so worth it. if not... there's always the colorama which is in fall.
|the finish as photographed by my husband|
|obviously i need to work on my "finish face"|