|Jen, me, Jill, and Stacy - aren't we cute?!? (photo courtesy Running With The Girls)|
|Go Team! (photo courtesy Running With The Girls)|
I think I stayed with Jen for about the first half mile. I honestly don't know. The race went by pretty fast, so this recap isn't going to have a lot of detail. But I did try to keep Jen in close sight to pull me along at a good pace. Mile one split - 7:17! Wahoo! My fastest split in a race this year. Yeah, so it was downhill, so what?!?
|Me (far left), Jen (center) See, not too far behind! (photo courtesy Maine Running Photos)|
The course loops around and soon we were seeing the leaders coming back towards us up a hill we were soon to climb. I felt good and was hanging on pretty good in pace. Mile two split - 7:29.
More gradual hills and I started to feel sick from the fast pace (fast for me). And stupid me had coffee earlier that morning. Something I never do before a run...and will never do again. One last hill to climb and I spot Jen's husband, Ward, taking pictures from the top. Ugh, I feel like crap and this is probably going to be a ugly picture, but look - it came out pretty good!
|(Photo courtesy Running With The Girls)|
I hear a guy right behind me saying, "Go, go, go" and wonder if he's talking to me or to himself. It wasn't until later on that I found out that it was another one of Jen's friends that was running.
I was sprinting so hard that I totally forgot to press stop on my watch so I don't know my exact time. Well, gun time was 23:54, which is still a five second PR, but I want to say that there was at least five seconds before we reached the starting line. Jen mentioned that there was an eight-second discrepancy between the time she saw on the clock and her watch (and then the official posted time is twenty seconds off her Garmin time). I think my time is pretty accurate, so I'm going to say that my actual time is 23:49. Good 'nuf.
Another awesome thing is how I fared in the overall standings and age group!
96 out of 609 overall
7 out of 100 in my age group (30-39)
20 out of 394 females
Yee haw! Great way to end my 2011 racing season! And now I move on to my half marathon training program that starts tomorrow! Yea!