Kory, Adam, Kristin, and I headed to the race and got there pretty close to race time. Kory was just watching so he held all of our stuff. It was cold, so Kristin and I kept long pants on until the last minute. And I do mean the last minute. I'm used to Disney races where you have to be there super early and are in the corrals at least 30-45 minutes beforehand. So when we were in line for the portapotties and I heard them say that they were about to start, I was freaking out a little. We got into the corral with about a minute to spare.
I had been training by running the first three miles then doing my 2:1 intervals so that's what I did for this race. Kristin and I ran together for those first 3 miles at a pretty quick pace.
Then we said our goodbyes and she took off and I took a minute walk break.
This course is beautiful! It's all shaded with huge gorgeous trees. The course wasn't too crowded. There was one out and back part that was a little congested but not bad.
By looking at my watch, I knew my pace was pretty fast, for me. But I was feeling good! My knee wasn't bothering me, I wasn't that tired, it was cool and shady. Pretty perfect race conditions.
Close to the end, I went to take a walk break. I had about a half mile left. I like to continue my walk breaks until about a quarter mile left and then take off sprinting. But I met a friend. He meant well, I know. But he came up by me and told me I could do it. I think he thought I was feeling exhausted and needed motivation or something. I told him I was okay and just taking a walk break. He said we were too close to the end to take a walk break. So I ran again but stopped after a minute. And he wouldn't let me! So by the time we got close to the finish line, I was too tired to really push it. Oh well! (You can see my "friend" in the finish line picture)
My official time was 1:43:28 for a pace of 10:26. I was really excited! It would be a great proof of time for the marathon.
I was 217th overall (I think they do it by gender) out of 361. Lots of fast people! I was 37th for my age and gender out of 56. Not so great place-wise. Lots of fast people running the race!
But I enjoyed it and I'd definitely do it again!