Where do I begin?
This is the least prepared I have ever been for a race. I usually follow some sort of structure or training plan for running events. I may not be super strict with my routine, but I usually do run consistently before a race. This time… not so much. (Number of times running in past 3 months=10!)
I picked up my race packet Friday after work. If I would have had more time and went with a friend, I could have spent some serious money and time there. As it was, I just went in, grabbed my packet and a free Caribou coffee, and got out. Bing. Bang. Boom.
5:30am Sunday morning came way too soon. These early morning races make me always question my sanity. I had a little pre-race anxiety, but not as bad as usual. I really didn’t put any pressure on myself to run a certain time/pace. I was just gonna go out and do my best for that day. My longest pre-race run was a 8-miler 10 days before hand and it was terrible. My expectations for the day were low.
I started out feeling good. I was maintaining a 9:30/mi pace and felt strong thru the first big hill and to the first water stop around 3.2 miles. My friend, Danielle, had caught up to me at that point and decided to stick with me to the finish. I have never ran a race with someone before. It was so much fun!!! We walked through the water stops and kept a solid pace (for me) to the finish.
Of note: my Garmin data shows 10.11 miles – 1:36:01- 9:30min/mile pace (Thought I would share since I like the Garmin pace better.)