This race is seriously deceptive…Hospital Hill gives you a shirt that says “I conquered THE hill”. Right, so I did no research and assumed that meant there was one large hill that really blew…uhh no. The purpose of this course it to be hard and hilly, so you are at hill number three by mile 2…but hey it finishes on a downhill!
I was a little bummed because no one wanted to come cheer me on…seriously parents, David…I think I run so much they don’t get how different it is on race day and how much that support means. Too bad, by 6AM eyes half open I was happily parking and David did decide to come with me. Possibly for fear of suffering stony silence if he didn’t, but who knows.
PRE-RACE and POST-RACE posing because I couldn’t decide what else to do.
Turned out to be about 75 and WAY humid, which was bizarre because I swear I wasn’t in Miami! I did feel bad for the local KC racers because they haven’t had time to adjust to this weather so it was far worse for them.
I have to admit running another race by myself, I found myself doing some way too serious thinking. Around mile 3 as I was still trying to hold my pace steady about 8:50… I was thinking I am just too afraid to push it harder and find I don’t have any thing left at the end. But if I never push it, then I’ll never know what I can do. About that time I decided to just go and see what would happen…um I would bonk, just so you know.
Mile 10 I was thinking I hate racing, I hate pushing myself to that uncomfortable point and then knowing I have to hold that or pick it up to meet some goal.
Mile 11 I was thinking to hell with Seattle, I’m walking that damn marathon if I feel like it
Mile 12…holy shit this was the hardest race course I have run and I might just PR, LET’S GO!
I was thinking there is no way I can do 4 hours in Seattle…or wait…is there. If you look at the things stacked against me in this race, I did pretty damn well!
A. Last weekend was my longest training run at 21 miles
B. It should be cooler and less humid in Seattle
C. I’ll actually have people running with me
D. Seattle isn’t quite so hillly as this
So who knows I guess we shall see what happens. I am really proud of myself for how this race went, but I’m sure as hell never signing up for it again! Finished in 1:55 which I still need to look…but might be a tie for my PR or best by 10 seconds.
THEN it was POOL TIME!! I was soooo happy to see our friends for the entire afternoon!
I am grateful for good friends
I am grateful for their amazing potluck food
I am grateful for hubby grilling
I am grateful for things working out with our rental
I am grateful for beautiful weather for the pool part