Needless to say my Sunday race lived up to it's name. It was a chilly start, but the temperature started rising quickly after 9 a.m. and about half way through I had to wrap my jacket around my waist.
I really wanted to finish in 1:30:00. It was a hilly course and I wasn't sure what to expect because I never run this area. The tricky thing is knowing how much energy to keep in the tank. The course didn't have huge hills, but a lot of gradual inclines. The first half of the last mile was an incline that seemed to last forever! I liked that the race organizers had a clock at the half way point to help you gauge your progress. Some one was also stationed at the 10K point so you could check your time. I was mostly running off feel and just checked my Garmin at those check points. The last mile I started checking it but that gradual climb kept me from picking it up as much as I wanted to.
|The finish line getting packed up|
My official time was 1:29:54 and I am grateful for it considering the funky extra piece of bone that's aggravating my right foot. I think I was compensating a bit trying to strike to avoid the burning sensation I've been experiencing and ended up with a big blister on my big toe...ouch! I never get blisters there.
The event started with a moment of silence for Meg Menzies who was a local runner and a member of the club that sponsored the Frostbite. She was killed this past week during her morning run. It was sad to think about the loss her husband and children ( 3 sweet young ones) are experiencing. Our club asked we donate a dollar for the miles ran in hopes many would join in. I am glad to do that and many folks said they will up it a few dollars a mile. May God bless her family, they have quite a journey ahead trying to adjust and endure without her.
I love races that turn out the way you hope they would. I can't wait till they post the photos. It's always fun looking through them. I usually look crazy but one day when I am too old to run I will be glad I have it.
|Ready to run! You know what I love about this pic- my hubby's work jacket. Now that's some serious reflective power :)|