Here is my harem before the run (Carrie on the left, ran the 5k, me, Allison, who was injured and had to give her spot up to Sarah, who I ran the whole race with, and Erica, a fierce competitor!):
|I stole most of these pictures from Brightroom. You can view all of my pictures here.|
Due to some injuries and life getting in the way, I hadn't run more than 8ish miles before this 13.1 mile race. I was a bit apprehensive as you might imagine, but I was happy to be going! I also had a great running buddy in my friend Sarah!
Here are Sarah and I at the midway point (yes, she runs in Luna Sandals, becuase she is awesome. I also have my own version of the minamist shoes: the Merrill Glove). Can you tell I spotted the camera???
We paced ourselves really well. The first 7ish miles we went at a 10 minute pace, then began what's called 'negative splits' where we sped up for the remainder of our run. The following 5ish miles were a 9:15-45 pace (accounting for water breaks), then I sprinted for the last mile at about 7:15. Here I am crossing the finish!
Final finish time: 2:05:31!!! Not too shabby for my first race. I felt pretty strong and got cheeky for the cameras.
And of course some celebratory bubbly! Gotta love races that end with champagne and chocolate (not that I felt much like having either....I'm actually drinking energy drink from that glass).
Overall experience? I LOVED it and can't wait to do another. Looks like I'm signing up for the Leavenworth Half on October 15. See you there?