Two of my running ladies, Kim and Kristina, came to my home turf for a race! Well, I have known Kim since pre-school (on the way left), so technically it is her home turf too!
Don’t you love my outfit? Haha, I really need to get a new headband that isn’t so dated. And I love my highlighter yellow shirt!
The course was part of what I run on ALL my long runs. I wasn’t really sure what I would be doing as far as pace for this race since I had just run a 20 miler yesterday. I was going to see how I felt, but of course because it was a race, I felt the need to actually race. I ended up going a little faster than I intended initially, but kept a pretty steady pace. I was getting a little worn out, but had a Gu and it seemed to help…even if it was just mental.
After mile 5, I knew I was feeling pretty good. I picked up the pace. I usually pick a goal by finding someone ahead of me and trying to eventually get up to them. This time it was a woman who was wearing shorts (eek! It was too cold for me to wear shorts!), but she had been keeping a strong steady pace the whole time. She was ahead of me by maybe 200 yards. I wanted to try to keep pace with her, but knew I had to keep my pace and pick it up in the end. In the last 3 miles of the race, I was able to catch up to my goal and pass her. I was pumped because I knew I paced myself properly. Some man approached me after the race and said I did a great job. He recognized that I paced myself in the beginning and then picked it up. My legs weren’t sore at all from yesterday’s 20 miler! I wonder if the ice bath really did help! I’ll have to keep it up!
The food was pretty good. A small chicken salad finger sandwich, minestrone soup, bagels with peanut butter, bananas, oranges, cheese, and more!
I am bummed because I might have been able to get the fastest Foxboro female! I had listed my town as Boston. I think it is because I was still in the city when I registered for the race. Bummer! Oh well I was able to pull of 5th in my age group and 15th woman! I checked the top females in my age group and they flew! Their paces were 5:55, 6:44, and 6:51! Speed demons!!!
My running ladies did great as well! Kim beat her time from last year and Kristina ran a great race. Kristina had already run 3 miles this morning and is going to run about 6 more when she gets home. I told her it sounded like she was running her own Ragnar Relay!
Great start to the Sunday! Tonight I will be hanging out with Dave, Ashley, Derek, and our friend who just returned home from Egypt! Let the festivities begin! 🙂
My coworkers tease me that I like using the exclamation point…can you tell that I do?!
What is your next race?
Do you ever get caught up trying to catch someone in a race?
Do you have Monday off? Are you doing anything special this weekend?