>DAY 74 – GRADUATION RACE DAY!!!!
>Woke up at 5:20 this morning! Ate a slice of toast with peanut butter. Played with my iphone4. Got dressed, and then I was out the door.
I met my friends. Listened to my coach’s last minute instructions. Pottied in a port-a-potty (eww!) And we were OFF!!!!
There were only two coaches from my normal group with us, and one from a different group. One coach was running about a 13-13:30 mile (40-42 minute 5k) – leading a group. One coach was going to run the race between a 15 and 16 minute mile (about 47 minute 5k). I wanted to be at about 44. So, I wanted to be between those coaches. I tried for a while to keep up with the first coach, and I shouldn’t have. But, my goal was to keep AHEAD of the coach trying to finish in 47 minutes! AND I DID!!!! Also, my friend, S, did a good job of keeping up with the coach, so she left me to run by myself. I ran for a good long time before I stopped. I kept setting small goals for myself – keep running until you get to that street light, you want walk until that street light and then you have to run.
The mile/km markers were a tad difficult because there was a quarter marathon using some of the same course. I breezed right past the water stops because I had my super cool water bottle! Didn’t waste any time there. But, at the second water stop, the sign said “4 Water Stop” so I assumed it meant the 4th km …. BUT IT DIDN’T!!! ugh! I ran up EVERY hill I came to! (my coach told us we’d better!) I ran most of the last km (after I finally saw the 4km sign!) I was running in, and my coach was headed back to run us in, and she made me run faster than I had the whole class. At this point I felt like I was either running ’cause I stole something or running ’cause someone was trying to catch me.
But … I made excellent time!!!! 44:18 was my chip time. My gun time was about 45:20. Here’s a link to the results … but the gun time on this IS NOT accurate! ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE DID NOT CROSS THE START LINE AT THE SAME TIME! HA Race Results — Female Results – 5k – I was 381
Afterwards it took me a while to find my friends. (They’d both finished before me, of course!)
It was fun. I’ll do it again!
Here are some pics!