Tiffany HERE and Will found us and we chatted a bit, she also snapped a photo for us, still in our Toss-aways. Just before the start the rain began to lightly pour, it became more steady and continued to RAIN THE WHOLE RACE!!
The plan we had discussed was to keep each mile under 9:04 leaving us a little time to slow on the big hill at mile 9-10 and still make it in under 2:00. This is how it went…
1- 8:54- Weaving around the crowds, we were in the 11’s pace wise.. It was frustrating not being able to hit our pace. Muscle Man was impressive as a new racer he was able to spot the opening and work his way around. We had driven parts of the course and he knew what was coming. He also ran around cheering me on in 2009. He had some knee pain earlier in the week so I was worried come race day, thankfully the pain did not show up on race day!!
2- 8:59- We turned and headed up the gradual hill. I took off my toss-away which I had stashed at a few races, finally tossing it to the side. I dressed wrong for the race, I didn’t think it would rain so heavily, I would have worn long sleeves had I known. MM grabbed at water and we plugged along. Funny my right shoe was a little too loose and his was a little too tight, but neither of us wanted to stop to fix it.
3- 9:06- Continuing up the hill we spotted Lindsay HERE on the side with a GU, I said Hi, I am not sure what she has to do to keep her Diabetes in check during the race, adds a whole different element to racing. We passed people left and right, up on the sidewalk, down to the road, we weaved like pro’s I could anticipate what he was going to do without saying a word. We Finish each other’s sentences, and used the same ESP-type thinking for racing. :)
4- 8:55- Into the residential area, the volunteers at the water stops were GREAT! Cheering, smiling, all the while getting drenched with rain. MM gave a high five to a few kids on the side line. There were cool signs throughout the course that made me smile.
5- 8:51- This mile there were about 3 photogs, we posed with thumbs up, I waved, trying to catch their attention. I am hoping we got a few good pictures. My Garmin did not like the overcast skies and was sporadic with pacing. MM was very focused on pace, calling out the miles and paces…I was supposed to be pacing him but he really didn’t need me. At one point his Math was a little off, so I corrected him, we both laughed about it because he is the human calculator in the family.. guess I have more running calculator experience..
6- 8:53- We were getting close to the 10K mark our time was just shy of our family 10K PR. We looked down at the 6.5 time and knew we were on a good pace to Finish with a sub 2, but we still had a long way to go and some tough miles ahead. At this point I felt AMAZING! I asked MM if he wanted his Gu, he said he didn’t… I knew I should have taken the Gu Chomps in my handheld but I didn’t, a mistake I would pay for later. MM seemed great too, I think he wanted to bank a bit more time, his legs began to turn over faster and faster.
7- 8:37- We were at the top of the elevation chart for a bit banking time on the down hills knowing the BIG Hill was coming. There was a gal in the GROSSEST booty-spandex shorts I have ever seen… BLECH, I sped up to pass her, no idea how she got in front of us at the pace she was going. I love to people watch in races but some things I just cant take..
8- 8:38- It felt good to speed up so we went with it, stride for stride. We passed a man and woman we had been behind for about 4 miles. Funny how when you race you see the same group of people if you stick with a pace, we leapfrogged with a few people throughout the race. MM was breathing hard but seemed fine, we shook out or arms and tried to stay relaxed.
9-8:14- We curved around to the PRETTY part of the course with lush trees lining either side, back in 2009 this was where MM was waiting for me with Gatorade, I smiled at the thought of how his face lit up when he saw me. There was a good downhill and MM ran ahead, he is way faster on steep down hills, I let gravity take over and zoomed past loads of people holding back. We recorded our fastest mile. MM had a twinge in his back when I caught up, thankfully it passed quickly. There were loads of people cheering in that section, I told Muscle Man to soak it all in, they were cheering for him.
10-9:13- Starting the HILL we passed a lot of people and realized we were going 8:30ish pace.. OOPS!! I think we thought we made it to the top...but that hill goes and goes.. My quads were burning trying to keep a good pace. I was hoping the little band who played “Eye of the Tiger” during my first Half in 09 would be there, but with the rainy weather I am guessing they stayed home.. BUMMER!!
11- 9:02- We finally made it to the top, but there was some gradual climbing to do. I am PROUD that we didn’t walk!! There was a man playing a trumpet in his front yard… dun dun dun dun dun duh….CHARGE!! Recovering from the HILL I started to get very very cold. My arms were freezing and my legs felt heavy. I wondered if my body was shutting down since I didn’t take my Gu mid way, I cursed myself for such a Rookie move!! I was glad to have my husband there with me, I know he was worried about me, but the best thing I could do was to FINISH! I got very quiet conserving my energy, putting all I had into one foot in front of the other.
12- 8:55- Our quads were shot and we did the best we could to get back on pace. We knew our Finish Time would be a high 1:55 or low 1:56, which is GREAT for hubby's first Half. It took all I had to keep my legs moving, I was so COLD.. I gave MM my handheld and rubbed my arms, but it barely helped. We were getting passed left and right, I said “This is our race! Focus on us!” We did, everyone melted away. It was just me and my husband. I felt a little like I did while reciting our vows on our Wedding Day.
13- 8:33- I love a downhill Finish!! People were flying by us, we gave it all we could, I was grunting pushing myself to my limit. I felt horrible, so COLD and so weak, all I wanted was to be done and to warm up. At this pace I should have been fine, but the combo of the rain, wrong gear- short sleeves and lack of food must have done me in. I felt bad, I was not pacing MM, he was keeping me going. Seeing the state Capital is amazing, but I could barely enjoy it. A TALL gal passed us, I cheered for her in my head, I didn’t have the energy to yell.
.17- 7:26- We crossed the FINISH LINE Hand in hand, soaking wet and smiling. The post race Kiss has never meant so much!!
This ranks as one of the best Days in my Running life. CONGRATS Muscle Man!! You did it, killed your goal, while taking care of me..
The post race coffee and pizza was FAB! But I was too cold to hang out. We changed in the car then went to Tall Grandmas to pick up the Little Studs (THANKS MOM!!) We had a Relaxing day on the couch the rest of Sunday.. Today we have sore quads and big smiles..
True Love is Garmins in Sync :)