Had a wonderful time at the race this morning!! We had great weather and over 3,500 women pumped to exercise!
My fuel settled in my stomach perfectly and I biked (a wee bit scared in the dark) over to Seamane and Rob’s house. So thankful they let me carpool with them! My bike ride was a great warm up : )
The race is held in the countryside near where they do the Foxfield Horse Races. They actually close down a stretch of road for the event.
Getting a parking spot was a piece of cake thanks to about 100 men in blue shirts navigating us in. I actually believe [correct me if I’m wrong] that this is the largest 100% volunteer foot race in the country!?
Sure looked like it!
We three girls chatted and stretched. It was actually really nice to have the whole countryside to spread out. Often races can be so claustrophobic when they’re in cities with buildings everywhere. So beautiful too!
They had the start really well organized – probably because this was the 19th annual! We all lined up in a massive parade of paces and then walked backwards to the start so that the 6-7 minute milers went from the back to the front. I lined up with the 8 minute mile pace group and in 3-2-1 we were off!
My plan wasn’t to break any records – just to run hard and enjoy the experience. Miles 1 and 4 were actually the best, but miles 2 and 3 I felt were all at a slight uphill! I got a pretty bad stich in my side halfway through mile 2 and mile 3 was definitely the hardest. I stopped for a few seconds at the water station to take a drink, and that really helped the stich subside to I could run mile 4 hard.
I finished in 32:37 [Garmin: 32:40] – and am really happy with my time! 8:11 pace.
- 8:47 [ <—killer hill + side stich]
Look for the flying ponytail and the turkey leg across the finish!
It was probably one of my favorite races I’ve run because I didn’t feel like I killed myself but still ran hard and strong. I really loved the course too – it was an out-and-back loop, meaning we O+Bed from a central starting point. So we could see the first runner heading to the finish and could cheer to all of those running opposite of us. I also love straight courses – they give me better drive than loopy zig zags.
Afterwards, I sipped half a bottle of Gatorade and met up with Seamane and Sarah. I also saw Meredith and her friends and was recognized by a blog reader!
Candids by Rob
The 100 men in blue shirts were no where to be found when it was time to leave. Traffic was bad, but Rob pulled a smart move and we made it out just fine
Once I was back at their house, I still had a 3-mile hilly bike ride to do! Ack! But it was a beautiful morning so I didn’t mind.
Not sure if this is part II of breakfast or part I of lunch, but yogurt sounded so good. I’m sure I’ll have a sandwich later this afternoon at the bakery.
When the bakery closes at 5pm = we rest.
[And then pack our whole house!]