4th year running this race, and my goal was to 1) beat the bridge (which is raised 20 minutes after the start at the 2 mile mark...but the race is staggered so the people at the end have less time to beat it) and 2) run faster than my "fastest" course time of 40:11 (2009). Mission accomplished X2!
First of all, the weather was completely crummy: soggy, cold, and just dumping buckets the entire time. Poor Trav and Goober! They were such great sports coming with me for this race, and Goober was amazing. Apparently she hardly cried, and just cuddled with daddy and a bunch of blankets under the awning of Husky Stadium. I love my little cheering section!
|Jeff and I in 2009. He's lost quite a bit of weight since then!|
The start of the race was a huge disaster. There are supposed to be three waves, but everyone starts wherever and it's just a mess of people. They even "delay" the runners and release them in short intervals to prevent traffic jams--and that doesn't work at ALL. When I crossed the starting mat I was stuck behind a ton of slower runners and casual joggers. It was awful. I ran in deep puddles to get around everyone, and a part of me was worried that I was going to miss the bridge. It was a MESS. If there's one thing I'd change about this race, it's the start for sure. Luckily I found some more gaps and got around people easier around the .75 mile mark. My pace was steady, and I was breathing easy. Good!
My blue shirt was riding up on the sides and bugging the crap out of me...and I kept pulling it down (it failed the soggy race test). Finally the bridge was in sight and after I went over the metal grating (which, by the way, is NOT fun for a sensitive foot) I slowed my pace down a tad to regain some of my energy. Mile 3 was my slowest. Then the hill came and I picked up the pace. I wasn't sure if Trav and Goober were going to be where I thought they'd spectate, but I kept a sunny disposition nonetheless. Then I realized that I had more energy and starting going faster. 1 mile left and my pace was great. Sabra people were giving out hummus and pita chips to runners about a 3/4 mile to the finish...and I thought that was really really weird. Hummus is the last thing I'd want to eat after a race! Home stretch and I kicked it in as these dudes were yelling at the people in the finishing chute "Sprint! SPRINT!" I pretended they were yelling at me, and I smashed it. Stopped Gus and his awesome clock-face said 39:10. HECK YES! Despite a crappy start, I still PR'd the course. Sweet.
After I finished I ran back and paced Jeff the last mile to the end. He ran/jogged the entire time with me, despite his heart rate monitor freaking out that he was at 100%. I even got him to kick it at the end and pass a woman! It was awesome to see him cross that finish line.
I'm glad that I finally got to see Meredith, from a distance, at the start. She should have been in the second wave because she's faster than she thinks! Also, I ran into Larissa aka Nordic Moxie, as I was going to find Jeff on the course. I honestly think we were the two most stylish runners at the race in our Running Skirts! She got 5th in her AG, which is awesome.
Unfortunately we didn't get to stick around campus because it was still raining and freezing. Plus, Goober was hungry and her bottle spilled everywhere. :( When we got home my lips were still purple and it took me awhile to regain feeling my hands and feet. Argh! And it's MAY, for goodness sake!
Mileage - 4.98
Time - 39:09
Overall - 712 out of 4320
Division Place - 38 out of 524 (F25-29)
Sex Place - 146 out of 2274
Pace - 7:53