|Mike cheering for me in front of our alma mater!|
My first split was in the vicinity of 8:40. Then, my garmin turned off somehow. I restarted it at the 3 mile mark in case I might want to check my pace later in the race.
|Two block shots please??!|
The familiar part of River Road heading towards the Ford Plant. I felt good. My music died (wah). I didn't check my Garmin for the rest of the race. I knew I was running faster than my usual pace on long runs, so there was no point of freaking myself out (if my pace was slower than expected, I would feel bad...if it was faster, I might slow). I decided to focus on my form, my breathing, and keep up my pace. I saw Dad and Mike cheering on the parkway right after mile 6!
|Looking for me after mile 9.|
|Got my shot blocks! Heavy footed lady right next to me. hee.|
Mile 11-11 1/2
Big uphill in the more unfamiliar part of river/shepard road. Also there was horrible angsty singer at the top of the hill. I made a mental note to write a thank you to Team Ortho for the great race minus the 11 1/2 mile band. Oh my lord. I wanted to run faster so I didn't have to listen to the depressing music. I guess maybe that was their intent?
|off to finish the race!|
Mile 12 to finish.
Slowed down a bit after the big hill but then started to pass people as we headed into the last mile. I didn't pass heavy breather, but I closed the gap and I wasn't far behind her at the finish line. I saw Mike immediately after I crossed the finish. The clock time was 1:51, so I knew I ran a personal record. When we checked the results at home, I was totally ecstatic to see that I ran a 1:48!!! I felt like I really hung in there at the end and gave it my all. I was so excited that my dad was there to see me race!