This morning the temp's were cool - but I knew that it would warm up nicely and be a wonderful day for a race. Since I only live 2 miles from the start - I didn't get there until 1/2 hours before the start. I ran into a co-worker walking to the registration area. I also knew that two other women from the neighborhood were running and Kerri from Running for Life! HERE - was signed up to run the 5mile race.
It was around 43 when I pulled up - and it was almost 50 when we finished. I wore shorts and a light long sleeve tech shirt and my gloves - which I took off almost immediately after the race started. I talked to my co-worker a little before the race - dumped my jacket and hat on a picnic table and was ready to race. There is no getting into a groove with this race - you almost immediately head up a pretty steep hill. But once up the hill - the rest of the course is slightly downhill (what goes up - must come down) and gentler rolling inclines . . . but of course you have to tackle the hill a second time - but you go up the side - which is not quite as steep . . . but then it is your second time around - so it still seems as steep. ;-)
I saw Kerri along the way - once at the beginning, once as I came around the first loop and again as I crossed the finish line. I think that one of the tricks to running a course like this is to be at the front of the race as much as possible. Since much of the course travels through woods on a path - it is very difficult to pass people. On my first mile I was definitely slower than I had wanted - but was able to pass people when we got to openings.
I finished in 28:22 (by my watch) which was second place for my age group.
My splits were:
Lap 1 - 9:31
Lap 2 - 9:05 - WOW - that is fast for me - usually my fast miles are 9:15's.
Lap 3 - 9:25
leftover - .21
I chatted with Kerri at the end - and then headed to the trailer to check the times. In my age group there was only the 1st place person listed and her time was 25 something - so I had no idea that I had won 2nd. I went back to grab my jacket and hat and then got another glass of water. I listened to the awards and then they called my name. Yahoo! First time I have ever placed in the top three.
Kerri - Arms in the air!!!
This young women always has a smile on her face. ;-) She caught me off guard - because she pulled her yellow shirt off - but I still managed a couple of picks somewhere around mile 2. I didn't stay to see her finish - hoping that she had a great race. It was a beautiful day!
Enjoy and have a great weekend. !!!!