I didn't register for the race until that morning. Coming off my 13.1 the previous Saturday I was REALLY sore so earlier in the week I entertained the thought of not running at all. But, hello.....like I'd really pass up the chance to run this race. It was going to take a lot to keep me from doing it. I'm kind of
This is a great race that unfortunately shrinks in numbers every year. Great if you are a casual runner wanting to easily place in your age group. Personally I don't mind winning or placing in my age group, but I don't want it just handed to me either. I want to run hard and earn it. Which, I realize I can achieve that, it doesn't matter if there are 10 or 1,000 people racing. However, for me.....being super competitive I want a crowd to go against. On another note it's a shame to see a long standing race get smaller each year. It's a gem of a race and people just don't pay attention to it. There was a total of a little over 100 people who showed up to race the 2 or 4 miler. About 50/50 in terms of who was completing what.
I made sure I gave myself a nice long warm up. The flip side to a nice short 2 mile race is that is a faster speed right off the bat. I DO NOT want an injury so I have to race smart. Just as expected as soon as the gun went off I went out fast & strong. There are hills in the middle of the course so I wanted to use to flat portion to my advantage. By outside appearances I had some competition. There was at least 1 jr. high and 1 high school girl there running. So, I'm old enough to be their mother, but one thing I can't change is having a young youthful body. I can do a lot to make myself fast & strong, but youth is not on my side. Don't laugh, I'm older than you think! I'm no spring chicken, that's for sure!!
I pulled out in front and wanted a strong lead so no one could get me in the last half. I ran my first mile in 6:30. Not too bad, especially since the last 200 of the first mile is a good long hill. I mentioned it in my LPHM post that me & hills are not friends. In fact, I'd rather not speak to them....EVER! But I deal with them when I have to. Anyway, at the 1 mile turn around I was feeling done and ready to die right then and there. So, of course, I kept on running. I had the nice downhill right after that, but another smaller uphill before facing the last 400 or so of the course. That portion though faces a wide open spot and there was a wall of wind the entire time. I'm not talking gusts of wind with some relief. Non stop solid wind that my dying body was pushing in to. I admit that I could tell that nobody was right behind me so I might have given up a little and not pushed quite so hard the last 100 or so. I saw the clock as I approached, I should have pushed really hard because I was *so close* to getting a new PR. Part of me just didn't' care. I could see it wasn't going to be a substantial PR so I coasted into the finishers chute. I might have even walked the last 2 steps.
Finish time: 13:42
1st female overall, not sure how many females ran
4th overall/58 runners
For as bad as I felt, especially that last mile, I guess it could have been worse. I know everyone wants to be all high five, what an awesome time, etc., but it's just not enjoyable right now. Of course I want to run so hard that it hurts, but not this sucky, nothing feels right kind of hurt. And, I know so many who could only dream to run the times that I do, but FOR ME it's not enough, it sucks!!