After getting warmed up and stretched out and dressed in the proper attire (shorts!), Oscar and I headed to the start line for some strides. And then, the GUN!
Off we went. It is here that I will stop to mention one thing: OUCH! Holy ouch. BIG ouch. I sort of forgot how hard racing is. Which is a good thing. Because I think if I remembered how hard it is, I wouldn't keep coming back for more! :)
Through the first 3 miles, I mostly fixated on how bad I felt. This perhaps isn't the most positive thing to think about, but it was dominating my mind nonetheless. I should also mention that the first 3 miles are rolling but net down. And that's because the last 2 miles are up. Especially the last mile - it's really up (close to 300 feet of climbing in 1 mile!). Luckily when I got to mile 3 with just 2 to go, instead of thinking of how hard I was breathing, I became quite obsessed with the thought of beating the girl that was running very closely with me. And I was also fixating on running a faster mile 4 and mile 5 than I ever have here before. I usually don't finish too strong on this course!
I'm happy to report that I achieved both of these goals - I held the girl off by a mere 2 seconds (I could hear her breathing down my back the entire way up that last hill) and I set a 43 second PR on the course, thanks in large part to the fact that I ran the last 2 miles 30+ seconds faster (combined) than I ever have before. I'm certainly not getting faster with age but perhaps I'm getting a little stronger!
It was such a fun morning. And I'm totally thrilled to be back to racing (even in low key running events) and can't wait for the next one (just 2 weeks away!).
|Kim and I decided Frigid Five medals are roughly equal to Olympic medals.|
|Look at this cutie I found in the parking lot. I think I'll keep him! :)|