Enter....THE LUCKY RUN!!
My training has been going decently, but I haven't really raced since July (not counting the crappy California International Marathon race), and I haven't been feeling confident at all. The night before the race I was fantasizing about shutting down the blog, never racing again, etc etc. Granted, I usually get really nervous / morose before races in general, but it's been worse than usual lately. I also have been seriously questioning whether it makes sense for me to devote so much time to a hobby. But, I figured there was no way I could duck out of the race the night before, with Page and Caitlin coming out.
The morning of, I woke up and drove out in Anthony's giant SUV out to Davis. It was perfect weather for a race: Sunny and Cool.
The race is pretty small, so parking was easy. Caitlin texted me and said she was 20 minutes away and I got my packet. Before I knew it, I saw Caitlin and she yelled something like "Bunny!". Honestly it was a funny experience because I'd imagined her to be like six feet tall...and she is totally not! Normal height! I told her I really wasn't feeling racing and was hoping we could just run 7:30s. We lined up and then ran into Page! (She actually is really tall! Also surprising!). It's always so funny to meet blog friends for the first time because I always feel like hugging and acting like we've known each other forever is totally appropriate. I was really excited to meet Page because she was one of the first running blogs I ever read and very excited to meet Caitlin because come on...it's RoseRunner...
And we were off! Surprisingly, I felt pretty good.
Mile 1: 7:25
Mile 2: 7:20
Mile 3: 7:19
For the first three miles, Page and RR were chatting like they were running 9 minute miles. It was amazing!
Mile 4: 7:16
At this point, I started feeling a little mentally defeated. I considered asking the girls if we could just run 8:30s. Then I decided to suck it up.
Mile 5: 7:26
Mile 6: 7:21
Mile 7 : 7:18
Mile 8 : 7:17
At this point, Caitlin and Page stopped to use the bathroom. I didn't wait up, figuring that both of those girls are so fast, they could catch up to me no problem. And they did!
Mile 9: 7:20
Mile 10: 7:29
I hear the girls yelling at me from like 20 yards back. I turn around and felt so relieved to see them! I was really excited that they would be there to finish with me and we could push each other to the finish. (ok...they would push me, not vice versa!).
Mile 11: 7:11
Roserunner starts putting the pace into high gear. She says that none of us are getting 5 yards from her. I try to keep up.
Mile 12: 7:10
Page says "Where the eff is the mile 12 marker??". I grunt in agreement. Words weren't really an option at this point for me.
Mile 13: 7:18
Page sprints ahead, and Roserunner loops back to finish with me. Almost there!
Extra Point 1 - no idea. My mile splits were pretty far from the mile markers and I forgot to stop my garmin anyways!
Final Time / Place: 1:36:47. 11th Female, 2nd in 30-34 age group.
(of course I was really the 12th female because RR let me ahead of her by like .2 of a second).
After we caught our breath, we walked around together, pet Page's cute dog, drank small beer samples (Like 2 ounces, WHY SO SMALL???), and ate free powerbars.
And of course...took pictures: (credit Page)
And more pictures...
Ok. I know this is no PR. BUT I am really happy with this race. It was ridiculously fun and honestly kind of a privilege to run with such fast girls. They were so encouraging and I thought it was hilarious that they were able to hold a conversation almost the whole race. I know that I finished faster because they ran with me.
I also felt like I might have had something left at the end and have felt pretty good post-race which isn't exactly a good thing when you race but it makes me hopeful for my future ability. As I mentioned before, I have felt so down on running this year, and even one mile at my half marathon pace sounds fast to me. So it felt good to run a respectable time (for me) and I now have hope that I might have a PR in my future if I work hard or get really.....lucky.