Like my last race, I ran this one with my watch hidden in my sleeve. I felt like I was crawling for the first mile, but since it was downhill I knew it would be easy to go too fast and ruin the rest of the race, so I made myself stick to the slow-feeling pace. Of course it turned out to be sub-7 pace, but that's the downhill for you. I waited til I hit the uphill, and then I kicked into gear. I was afraid to push too hard on that uphill and not have anything left for the rest of the race, but in hindsight I wish I had pushed a little bit harder. I'll have a better idea of strategy for next year though!
I let go as much as I could on the downhills to make up time from the uphill, but when I did encounter flats or uphills after the long downhill, I found it really hard to get back into a rhythm after relying on momentum for so many miles. I was pleased to see that my splits didn't get too terribly slow by the end though. At least, not as slow as they felt! I crossed the line at 12.85 by my watch, so I kept running around the block until I hit 13.1. They clocked me at 1:37:18 at the line, and I finished the 13.1 in 1:38:27. My finish time was slower than I had hoped, but it was a tough race in unpleasant weather. 35ish degrees, foggy, and intermittent light rain. And my sore legs say I ran hard even if it was a bit slow!
Only 270 miles on the old pair but almost no tread left, and I could feel that they were wearing out so it was time for a new pair before the old pair could injure me! Nice to race in a brand-new pair!
New race hairstyle for the hair since it's too short to braid now...double pony-tales!
Somebody caught this photo of me running up a hill during the race.
Finisher medal along with 1st place winnings : mug, headband, and bag.
I finished first place female and 5th place overall, about 4.5 minutes behind 4th place, which was my running partner Ben.