Fastest Mile- 7:30 (3)
Less Fast Mile- 9:01 (12)
Overcast and cool, very HILLY course, ran solo.
Emails blasted back and forth with anticipation for RACE DAY! So many friends racing at Mercer. Jill (HERE) and I opted to carpool meeting at 7am. It was GREAT to catch up with Jill, we have known eachother since Junior High and planned our 10 year High School Reunion together in 2007. We arrived really early and putzed around (OOPS).
While in the Honey Bucket line I hear "Are you Tall Mom." LOL!! It was Jen and Zach bloggy runners from Portland. We stood and chatted for a bit, she is running Eugene for a BQ time!! So excited..course she has already run Boston so she knows what it takes. Then we found Kasey, Kerrie, Zoe, Cassidy, and Meghan, but never the birthday girl Amanda. She was smart and got to the line early..
We had to climb down a steep beauty bark hill and down off rocks to a PACKED start area. UGH!! Should have gotten there earlier.
Going in I was TORN:
"I know I won't PR on this course, but should I try? Or should I run with friends for fun?" I did not have the answer until the race started.
Jill snapped a picture and the race S-L-O-W-L-Y started. I wore a toss away coat with my t-shirt and butterfly arm sleeves under. GOOD CALL because I tossed the jacket at .25 :)
Generally I can remember pace by pace, but I was running this race on Dayquil hoping to avoid coughing fits of the "Black Lung."
Fuzzy head bullet recap:
-My legs felt strong but I was tired from only 5 hours of sleep and a busy day on Saturday house hunting and going to Seattle for a Basketball game (my Lady Zags won!!)
-I saw Megs and Cassidy and said a quick "Hi," that was mile 1 and I did not see anyone I knew the rest of the course. LONELY!!!
-I was weaving and passing people left and right, probably not a smart move because I used a lot of energy, but the crowd would not open.
-The course support was awesome saying GREAT things along the way. One volunteer looked me in the eyes and said "You look strong and beautiful!" WOW hello! That was an amazing compliment. They had water stops, a Gu station and many people keep the cars off the roads. Well organized event.
-The views of the water were breathtaking, the green overgrown forests and Million++ $$ homes were not too shabby either. Overall running the ENTIRE ISLAND was a kick.
-At mile 3 I realized my right shoe was too lose, it would drive me crazy the rest of the race.
-At mile 6 there was a very muscular man in a tight black tank walking. He looked like a fitness model, amazing how appearances can be deceiving.
-I took a Gu at mile 7 and proceeded to burp Gu the rest of the race. UGH!!!
-HILLS, my goal is to be positive. And I am positive that I do not train on hills like this. My legs felt like led from mile 9 on. If you look at the topography of this course you will understand. WOWZERS. I heard someone after the race say it was harder than San Francisco.
-From mile 9 on I also had to go pee. LORDY can I have a race without needing to urinate?
-I knew there was a hill at mile 11. I was TRYING to do the Math on what pace I needed to run to PR. Math is tough while running. I knew I had to run sub 8's to PR. I also knew that I had hills ahead, was sick and running on fumes. At that point I gave up mentally on a PR. That in the one thing I am not proud of for this race. I think physically I could have done it, but I did not hang on mentally.
-There were 2 women with LONG hair running with their hair down. PET PEEVE!! I had to pass them, that became my mission. UGH!! Really people?
-The last mile I kept telling myself "4 laps around the track." That mile was SLOW!!! Felt like an eternity. I was ready to be done running.
-I posed for all the photogs on the course, so I am hoping for a PR race pic, if there is such a thing. I ran across the Finish mats with my arms in the air smiling.
-I did not look at the race clock, which is a first for me. In fact I have zero clue how I did according to the Race Directors. Hope to have stats and pictures for my Lessons Learned post later this week.
-Cut my chip and walked Up-Hill (REALLY?) to the water and food. I downed a water and oranges, sat for a minute, went to get my bag and texted everyone!!! I then got my bag, and stuffed it with water for my girls.
POST RACE REPORT COMING SOON!!!
Row of Honey Buckets...
Me and Jilly after the race. I bought this Brooks jacket on Amazon for $18+ shipping. Love it!! Thanks to my girls for making this day soooo SPECIAL!!! More details and pictures soon...