I am more than a little excited about this race, specifically my results. I came into the race knowing I could do it but not 100% certain. I did wonder if my doubt would keep me from a PR but it clearly did not.
I thought that advertising my “toughness” was a good way to go into the race. 😀 Plus, the fabric is wonderful and so is the cut. Count on seeing this shirt a few more times. (I wasn’t a big fan of the lack of a headband to hide my bedhead/I haven’t showered yet but I was the idiot that forgot it. :D)
Mom and I got there a little early so we had some time to kill. I was a bit hyper too so when she asked me to avoid “road rage”…
(Disclaimer: the pic is staged…it took quite a while to get it too because I couldn’t stop laughing.)
The race started on the campus of the hospital so we had to get out of the way of ambulances a couple times, including right before the start.
I did not like the start, mainly because we had just stepped back in place after the ambulance passed and because I got elbowed and shoved in the back right as we started. Seriously?
Once the race started there wasn’t much going through my head besides “run fast” and I did. Each time I looked down at my Garmin I saw 7:30 or 7:50. That made me very, very happy.
In fact, I was so focused on running that I don’t remember much of the course. It was like I had blinders on. I just knew that if I kept up my pace I could PR. That’s all I focused on.
The last mile stretched forever. At one point I glanced down at the Garmin and saw that I had .6 left. A couple minutes later I glanced down again and saw that I needed .55 left. I thought I had gone much farther than that. I was almost ready to be done but I knew I was so close I had to keep going and I had to keep up my pace.
I did it! I smashed my PR by 19 seconds!!!!
[I’m using this as my Jingle Bell Hell virtual run at Taking it On]