|My official time was 1:03:41.|
And I'm pretty sure I ran the entire 6.2 miles
but GarminElectra disagrees.
So I considered skipping the race.
Seriously. Unless I'm really and truly sick or injured, WHY do I ever even entertain the thought of skipping a race? I have NEVER regretted getting out there and running, regardless of how slow I end up going. It's never a wasted effort! Even if it does end up being a tough run, there's always more good than bad going on. So I just need to quit that behavior.
|Looks like he's a master at |
getting rid of crabby pants.
I heart Ricky and his simple, vapid, yet immensely appealing songs! You just know the guy has to have a good sense of humor. Plus, he seems like a genuinely nice person. And....he's kinda pretty to look at.
Ricky snapped me right out of my crabby pants mood.
And really, after Ricky intervened, everything seemed to turn around. I got to the school where the race was being held and noticed that for some inexplicable reason, until now, NO ONE had parked on the road in front of the school. So I (along with several other late comers) got to park right out front. Score!
Then I'm heading for the porta-potties and I see the incredibly long lines....will I be able to get through the line and get to the start on time??? But then I see some porta-potties in the back of the school, and there are NO lines. Can you hear the angels singing? Score again!!
My business complete, I headed for the start line, crammed in with about 600 other 10k runners and we were off. I have to kind of laugh about this course. I actually love it - it's very pretty but probably not the best race to try for a PR. About 1000 feet from the start we had to squeeze through a very narrow opening in a fence - the whole crowd had to walk though it, going around was not an option. And we were running on a narrow bike trail for a most of the race. Tight quarters for sure and not the best for speed, but it really is beautiful.
Five minutes after the 10k runners started, the 5k runners were off. You know what's next - the fast 5k runners were on the the slow 10k runners like a pack of dogs. Add in the fact that this was an out and back for the 5k runners, the front runners had to pass the 10k runners again on their way back.
One of the coolest thing about this race is that "new runners" make up a huge portion of the participants. But that also means that many runners are clueless about moving to the side to get the hell out of the way of the faster runners, not running (or walking) 4 abreast on the narrow trails, etc..... It was surprising to me that people didn't move over when they saw the other runners. I'm slow so it didn't matter much to me, but it must have been frustrating for the front runners.
|My splits - I'm not ashamed of them! Was the course short,|
did GarminElectra fail me again, or....
is this the correct distance?? We may never know.
My training (if you can even call it that) for the past several months has been so sparse, I'm grateful that I was able to RUN the entire distance (with the exception of the two water stops, of course). I could tell I was moving a little faster in the last mile and was totally digging the feeling of being able to pick the pace up a tad. I didn't push it at all, though. It's probably bad enough that I'm off running six miles on no training, pushing it might lead to injury and I've done my time in THAT funhouse.
It was a great race to end the year on.
Now I need to set some new goals for 2013. I already have a time goal....... I just need to decide which marathon to set my sights on next..... and maybe some other goals to push me out of my comfort zone a little more.
A sprint triathlon, maybe? Intriguing for sure, but the swimming portion scares the hell out of me!!