What a fun race! I got there and helped Michelle with registration, it was crazy - so many people!! When the line was gone I ran to the start and luckily there were a couple of people behind me to delay the start a little. AP: 7:39 Splits:
1- 7:51, with 100 ft of gain. Felt pretty good, actually a lot better than Thursday! Kind of excited to see that I was in 1st place out of the women, for the first 3/4 mile then a lady passed me and I tried to catch her until mile 4.5 when I decided she was far enough ahead that she'd earned it and I wasn't going to catch her anyway :)
2- 8:03, another 100 ft gain and starting the main descent. Passed the first guy I picked off !
3- 7:46, 80 ft descent and another 100 ft up. From the end of mile 1 to the start of mile 3 I was ready to be done....I missed the 2 mile sign and felt like I wanted to stop and those 2 miles seemed 5X as long as the race!!!
4- 7:29, nice downhill. Picked off another male runner, feeling good and realizing that I should probably pick up the pace a little because I'm feeling good and not breathing too hard - nice change from the previous 2 miles!!!
5- 7:30, more downhill. Nice and comfortable, obviously didn't pick it up...I was happy :)
6- 7:22, mostly downhill with a little hill at the beginning. My pace here surprises me, because the downhills were faster. I think I pushed my pace to pick off the last guy I could see on the uphill, then he kept trying to keep up with me and re-pass me but I didn't let him and he finally fell back. I guess I need someone to help push me!
7- 6:38, (.2) flat/downhill. It was so fun to see the finish and know there were a ton of running friends there to help cheer me on so I had enough left to push through and I did. Plus, I could see the female finishing so I wanted to close the gap a little anyway :)
This was a great race, the hills were at the beginning and made for a nice push to get through the start then a great coast to the finish! It was also fun to finish 2nd woman and 4th overall AND I got a trophy :) I'm like a little kid...but I earned this one, it's the only one I've earned all the rest I have are 'participant' trophies! BIG thanks to Michelle for putting on an AWESOME race....I would definately run the course and race again!