THANKS Jamie for organizing the get together, goodie bags and the cookies. I know that I should have taken a picture of them - but I devoured the shoe and flower cookies as soon as I got back from the run this morning. Not normal post run food - but there were calling to me.
This morning I set the alarm for 5:00. I had set the coffee pot the night before to start at 5:00 - but missed the AM part of the start time. ;-) So when I got to the kitchen - NO coffee. So I started it manually - I thought maybe this was a bad omen that the day wasn't going to go as planned.
Headed out around 6:10 - I had wanted to get going a little earlier - but that didn't happen. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to campus and when I rounded the corner to the parking ramp and traffic was backed up - I got a little nervous - me thinks - bad omen number 2. Eventually, I pulled into the ramp and headed to the Memorial Union. I walked back and forth looking for Jamie or Chelsea or Kerri or Heather . . . but didn't see anyone else in a black 13.1 Bondi Band. Found my spot near the 2:00 - 2:15 time area and waited for the start.
The race started and I felt pretty good. Mile over mile I was pretty consistent with last year. Shaving a few seconds off on most miles - but nothing major. BUT I did kick it in the last mile + and for that I am happy. Knowing the lake shore path and knowing that I could do it was great. I tacked a little time to mile 1 from this year because my Garmin didn't have a satellite at the start of the race. ;-(