This was a nice flat course - I've run the area previously, back when I was training for my half marathon in 2010. I knew that there was only one slight incline, so it should have been pretty easy. Hah! Famous last words. The race didn't start until 9:00 am, and it was warm. Like, 75 degrees warm. And windy, naturally. That makes for a bit more of a challenging run - we had a headwind for close to a mile, plus we were running in the direct sun. Later starts for these fun runs are nice in that we don't have to wake up super early, but we sure pay for that with the weather. Trade-offs...oh well.
I did OK for the first two miles, but my pace definitely dropped during the last mile. And then, our Garmins beeped, signifying that we were at 3 miles - but we were not anywhere near the finish line. A 5K is 3.1 miles, and running a little extra is normally no big deal, but as we all know, running is a mental thing - and having to keep going was tough! I can't tell you how much I wanted to stop running when our Garmins showed 3.1 miles (and it was interesting, because you could see people ahead of us hesitating at the exact spot, kind of like "hey, I should be done by now"), but we kept running. I had no kick at the end - the heat got to me. Total distance ended up being 3.3 miles - yes, nearly a quarter mile longer than it should have been! I think they didn't get the course measured accurately because we started on a path through a park, and that is hard to measure on Map My Run. So we ended up running 3.3 miles in 41:57, with an average pace of 12:42.
Couple of other notes: I had my headphones on and my iPod ready to play, but I started out not running with the music on - I wondered if it would help with my panic breathing issue. And? I think it did - at least, the breathing went much smoother. However, I probably should have turned on the music during that last mile because it might have taken my mind off how hot I was. The other thing is that I had my headphone cord in the front instead of the back like I normally do, and I kept catching my water bottle on it. Took me a while to figure out why that was happening - oops. Guess I just got distracted when I was putting them on.
And now, a few pictures:
My new running skirt, and my hopefully leak-proof new running water bottle!
Lots of pink...water bottle, Road ID, shirt, headphones - what can I say, I know what I like!
Jeff and I, ready to run. He wanted to know what matching shirts we were going to wear for this race and was disappointed when I said I was wearing pink - can you believe he didn't want to match my pink shirt?!?
Julia and I, ready to get our run on!
Back of the start line, right where I like to be.
And done! My face is as pink as my shirt - I was a hot, sweaty mess. But look at that cute dog in the picture - he ran the 3K...what a good boy!
A shady spot in the grass was calling my name...
Perfect place to hang out while we waited for raffle winners to be drawn.
Jeff's hair after he'd been laying down in the grass...frightening!
Another raffle with tons of prizes, and another time that Julia was the only winner in our group. She won a year's membership to a Zumba gym! Last week, she received a gift certificate to a BBQ place as her prize for wearing the most teal - she texted her husband "winner, winner, BBQ dinner" - this week, she texted him "winner, winner, getting thinner" - that girl just cracks me UP! Congrats, Julia!