34 with 8 mph winds from the north -
Those were the conditions at 9:00 yesterday morning when the Berbee Derby started. Sounds pretty nice - but I assure you - it was chilly. I went with my clothes selection of capri's, long sleeve tech top with front zipper, light jacket, hat and gloves/mitten combo. I arrived at the race around 8:00 - found parking and visited the porta pottie and questioned my clothes. I had other clothes in the car and should have put them on before heading out. It was breezy and sprinkling every so slightly / almost sleeting. The good news is that there were absolutely no lines - got in and out quick. Ran back to the car - warm up . . .
This was the 7th running of this Thanksgiving day race. It was started my a local Computer tech company - funds raised benefit the Tech Education Foundation - a fund designed to help meet the technology needs of area non-profit organizations. There were 6,100 people signed up.
Sat in the car until 8:40 and then decided to head towards the start line. Headed over to the start - listened to the National Anthem - and yes, as Chelsea from Early Runner, HERE pointed out, the young women, who had a beautiful voice, did sing a couple of words wrong, I was singing along - albeit silently. I assume she new the right words (I hope) - and am attributing it to the cold - maybe her teeth were chattering. ;-)
Anyway - after a few more minutes we started. My plan - (I really never have a plan) was to go fast (OK that is relative) for miles 1, 2 & 3. Take it a little easy on 4 & 5 and then run fast again on 6. My plan almost worked . . . I just didn't run fast on 6. ;-) Started out really strong and felt great. Thankfully we headed east with the wind to our backs - this allowed me to get warmed up and around mile 1 off came one glove. Mile 1 - 8:41 - YIKES!
We were now on a rural road, one that I would bike by during my summer biking trips to the Capital City Trail - I always wondered where that road went - now I know. Mile 2 marker passed - 8:42 - YIKES!
The first three miles were slightly downhill - which added to my comfort. Somewhere around mile 2.5 runners were heading back on the other side of the road from the turn around. I made my was over to the left of the group and watched for Chelsea - I didn't see her until she was just about even with me - so when I gave her a Holler - I know she didn't see me. Just around the turnaround was mile 3 - 8:46 - YIKES!
After mile 3 we made our way onto the Capital city trail - a trail I had biked on dozens of times this past summer. It was nice running on the path and know exactly was was ahead and it is a very pleasant woods area. BUT - remember we are in Wisconsin and it is deer season - I know we were very near hunting grounds - but hey we live dangerously up here. At this point I needed to slow down a bit. Who knows - if I had planned to run fast for 4 miles - maybe I wouldn't have slowed down for mile 4????? Anyway - I fell back to a comfy pace and hit mile 4 with a 9:35 pace and mile 5 with a 9:25 pace. That is more like me!
Now I tried to run fast - but I was breathing pretty hard - so even though I was trying - it wasn't working. I headed up the hill on mile 6 and could hear the announcer and music coming from the finish line - so I knew I was close. Mile 6, which was almost all uphill - was at a 9:35 pace. Little extra at 7:53 pace and I was through the finish line with a personal best of 56:43 and a 9:08 pace.
Grabbed water and headed to the car - drove home and got ready for Thanksgiving!
I learned a valuable lesson - I can run fast! Next time I will try to stay at a 9:00 pace - which would probably be more productive than how I ran this race . . . and who knows . . . maybe I can run at that pace! Actually I think I can!!!!
Have a great weekend.