time = 1:50:22
pace = 8:25
placed 16th in my age group (40-44) out of 264
placed 205th in women out of 2021
placed 644th overall out of 3344
there was a huge storm headed our way from the south but veering east and planing to end up over the lake. it looked as tho' there would be a downpour right at the start of the race. i was not at all happy to see that. krista is again in town from colorado to run this race (like last year) so we decided to carpool again.
when we arrived downtown traffic was pretty backed up and it took about 20 minutes to get parked. as soon as we were parked it started to drizzle. now, drizzle is no big deal... it was this "downpour" i was worried about. we got our running prep on and headed towards the port-o-potties.
|me & krista - photo by john g.|
when i got to my corral i expected to run alone and was contemplating my goals when i looked to my left and saw rani! yay! so i went over to her and we chatted. we both were really happy to see each other and it turned out to be a no-brainer to run together. while we were waiting to begin there was this woman in front of us. she was very fit. she looked like she didn't eat much but spent a lot of time maybe lifting light weights and/or running/jogging. she was doing some VERY VERY dynamic warm ups to the tune of kicking people in her immediate vicinity. rani and i were discussing the merits of such a venture in such a small space. we agreed that it was odd. this woman was an odd duck for sure. she was in full makeup and swinging her legs like there was no tomorrow also... massaging her glutes like it was going out of style. we couldn't decide if she was super elite or the complete and utter opposite.
when it was time to go that woman took off like a bat out of hell. it was drizzling and i am happy to report that my choice in long sleeves up top and shorts on the bottom was a good choice. i was appropriately dressed for once. yay me! our pace group started off WAY TOO FAST and we lost them within the first 2 miles. oh well... so much for a 1:45 finish.
we caught up to dynamic woman within the first mile. guess she took off way too fast and all that leg pendulum-ing did nothing for her. we passed her shortly after that and maintained a lead for some time.
the miles ticked by and as always running over the hoan was beautiful. the rain had stopped and the fog was so thick that nothing beyond the bridge was visible. each time i run this race the experience is so different. the next notable runner was a very colorful woman in hokas who stayed just a few paces ahead of us from the bridge on. why she is notable will come later in the report.
mile 6-7 from the bottom of the bridge to lafayette hill was pretty uneventful except for rani's knee causing her a significant amount of pain. she decided she would make the decision to bow out (aka slow down) after we crested lafayette hill. once we made it to the top she said go so i did. i needed to find a potty anyway. so i took off and hit the potty near st. mary's.
lost 2 minutes there (mile 8) and took off sprinting. caught up to rani less than (i think less than) a mile later where she told me that dynamic woman passed her. i took off and just focused on my pace and passing people one by one. i wanted to finish strong and since mile 10 is lincoln memorial drive and a big down hill... i knew this was going to be a good split! i just kept focusing on form, breathing, and ticking off the next person in front of me. sure enough that mile split was a 7:49.
keep it moving and keep breathing even... i've got this! i feel great, my legs feel great... everything feels great! oh my god! look who it is... dynamic woman is a few people in front of me so i keep ticking them off, and i effortlessly pass her. i leave her behind and never see her again.
this stretch is totally flat which is wonderful. i just keep running and keep trying to pass the person in front of me. my watch beeps and i look at it... ugh. 8:08. pick up the pace!
i try to move a little faster and IT WORKS, but i'm starting to feel it. i've done ZERO speed work this year and it's starting to wear on me. i'm really trying to keep picking off the person in front of me. a lot of these people started off really fast and are paying for it now. i really want to finish strong! i really want to PR, but i know that's not going to happen.
mile 12 beeps off. 7:52. not bad... keep pushing! so i keep pushing, but so do a couple of other women. we play frogger for awhile with me winning some and a couple of other women winning some... only one mile left and i'm running up on the very colorful woman in the hokas. i finally caught back up to her! so i decide to push harder... it's only one more mile! i can do this. when i pass her she exclaims: "hey!" so without missing a beat i raise my right hand and wave to her over my right shoulder. i can't even waste a moment turning my head or my pace will suffer... she laughs and i'm glad.
unfortunately i am not as fast as i feel and i finish out the last mile at a 8:07. still respectable but not good enough to meet my goal of finishing in under 1:48. i came into the finish with a smile tho' and i am really happy about that. normally i feel so awful at the finish that the pain on my face can be read from a mile away.
|man, i guess i didn't look as good |
as i felt at the finish line
|beastmode or beefneck? finish face|
walked it out to the end of the finish shoot, and read my text messages. found out where krista was and then i saw rani in the finish shoot! we hugged and she finished strong in spite of her knee. only a 5min difference between the two of us so she did excellent! then i saw the colorful woman and tapped her on the shoulder! i told her she did a great job and we laughed about my passing her and the wave. i love runners and how connected we are!
|finished with a smile|
this race is always fun. i really enjoy the course and will probably do it ever year if i can. i love running over the hoan bridge and i think it will be all that more amazing once the repairs are done and it is completely open. my hope is that they will go back to the original course and we will get to run an out and back on the bridge again. june race in the books... now to prepare for dances with dirt in july.