The race today was unlike any other I’ve ever participated in. It was definitely more of a fun run than a race but I still enjoyed it.
I didn’t start off too well but in the end it was no big deal. The thing about vacation is it makes getting up any earlier in the morning undesirable so I got up at the same time I have routinely. I had plenty of time to get down to the race start but not enough time to take my beanie back to my car.
I didn’t run with the beanie. Instead I dashed inside to see if there was a place to leave the beanie so I could get it after the race. I ended up leaving it on the counter and dashing back as the race director shouted go. I realized then that I hadn’t turned on my Garmin or started my music so I started running while trying to get everything turned on and adjusted. Quite the sight I’m sure.
After a little while I settled into the stride and simply enjoyed the beauty of the park in the early morning fog.
Then came mile 3 and the Washington Street monster hill. I saw this on the elevation profile on their website and knew it would hurt. Yeah, it did.
When I got back towards the race start/finish I made a quick detour to drop off my gloves. It was almost too warm to wear them. That would prove to be a mistake.
The second lap went off without a hitch and I remembered just how much I love vanilla bean Gu. It was almost a euphoria moment when I ate it. 😀
Then the cloud settled. At least that’s what I think made it suddenly get cooler, all the cool moisture in the air. Halfway through the last lap I could barely feel my hands. Lesson learned.
The third time going up that hill hurt but at least I got to pick off some of the slow 5kers. That served for a nice motivational boost.
I finished strong, grabbed my beanie and some food and headed out. I think there was some post race stuff but I didn’t feel like sticking around.
With that, my 2011 races come to a close. I have just a few finishing touches to put on my race book before I order it through iPhoto. (There will be a post on that.)
Next up? Resolution Run Half Marathon next Saturday!!!!