Even though I only had to wake up at 5:30am (not early by race standards) I still cringed when my alarm went off this morning. Reluctantly, I rolled out of bed and did all my pre-race rituals – bathroom, change, eat
And I broke the #1 rule of racing – Don’t do anything new on race day.
The race was pretty small and even though I was near the start line I couldn’t hear what the announcer was saying. It came as a total shock when the gun went off and people started running! People around me kind of looked at each other like, “Oh?! We’re starting!” I quickly tossed my space blanket, turned on my music and got running!
I wanted to stay near an 8 minute/mile pace. I usually got out too fast and then slow down A LOT. So, I was shooting for fairly even splits.
I felt really good the first 7 miles and kept it around 8:06s.
There was a hill right after mile 8 and I took a Gu at that mile, which slowed me down more. Mile 9 was slower and then it stayed slower because I suddenly felt like my heart was beating way to fast (racing, if you will).
The hypochondriac in me immediately thought I might start hyperventilating or that I was having a heart attack. Fantastic.
Well, it would be an appropriate way for me to go, right?
Finally, I realized it might be my body getting a little too excited about the BCAAs and I wasn’t going to meet Jesus today.
Either way, I felt out of breath and tired and my time started slipping. I pulled out my new “Never give up” mantra and kept going. I should have just pushed more because I’m disappointed in my splits now.
13.39 miles – 1:49:11
Mile 1: 8:01
Mile 2: 8:06
Mile 3: 8:03
Mile 4: 8:07
Mile 5: 8:02
Mile 6: 8:07
Mile 7: 8:10
Mile 8: 8:08
Mile 9: 8:20
Mile 10: 8:13
Mile 11: 8:17
Mile 12: 8:20
Mile 13: 8:14
Mile .39: 7:53
The race ended at a mall, which would have been great if Skinny Runner was done at the same time. I missed her because she was busy running an AMAZING full marathon and I had to get back to our hotel to check out.
Good job SR!
Now I’m blogging from the car on the way back home. See ya later!
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