So this was the Junior League's annual race - I ran it in 2010 when they called it the Downtown Derby. Don't know why they changed the name, but whatever. Packet pickup was held at a local jewelry store, which was a little odd...they were one of the race sponsors, but their location is hard to get in and out of, and the store was jammed with all the race stuff - maybe they were hoping that we racers would do some shopping while we picked up our t-shirts and bibs, but honestly, I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible...and I love jewelry, so you know it was crazy! The t-shirt was cute, though, and I got some good swag in my bag (Jeff and Julia only got a pen and lip balm, which was weird):
My favorite thing is the nifty measuring spoon, followed by the lip balm. Jeff absconded with the pill dispenser, much like he did with some cool sunglasses I was sent for review a few years ago!
The temperature was about 50 degrees, but it was windy and we were chilly waiting for the race to start. Luckily there was a building near the start line where we took shelter from the wind until it was time to go run. Naturally, we took advantage of that time to take pictures:
Come on, say it with me...the LOVE RUN!
Will, Amy, Julia, me and Jeff - love how the women are in pink and the men in red!
Our traditional shoe picture - we were issued ankle timing chips, which I think make us look like we're under house arrest!
Ready to tackle the LOVE RUN.
The race went OK for me. I didn't think I was nervous about it, because, HELLO - 3.1 miles? I just ran 10 last week! But my subconscious must have thought otherwise, because I was awake off and on, more than usual, all night beforehand. The only thing different is that for shorter distances, I don't do intervals - I just run the entire thing. For this one, I knew that I needed to have my first mile be my slowest one, around a 14:00 pace. I seem to do best when I can ease into the run, get my breathing under control, and then pick up speed for the remaining miles. However, we went too fast for me, and I was not having a comfortable run. I finally took a short walking break during mile 2 to catch my breath. The last mile was against the wind for most of it, and I took yet another short walking break. I was able to push the last bit toward the finish, which was fun - just wish my mile paces were flip flopped (negative splits). Here's the stats:
Final time - 39:20
Avg. pace - 12:47
Mile 1 - 12:13
Mile 2 - 13:03
Mile 3 - 13:14
Afterward, we hung around waiting to see if we won any doorprizes (skunked again, darn it!), and naturally, took more pictures. Here's Will and Jeff with our local teen runner phenom, Gustavo Roman Jr. He won this race with a finish time of 16:48 (that's a 5:22 average pace!). Gus is such a nice young man - he's been great fun to watch race the last few years. He's a senior in high school, and while the University of Oregon courted him, he's committed to Texas A&M. In any case, I know we'll be seeing him at the Olympics in the near future!
Gus and his fans...
And naturally, Julia and I had to get our picture with Gus:
...and more fans!
Cupid was also at the race:
Gotta love a guy who will wear silky heart boxers and a headband with heart deely-boppers in public!
Couple more shots:
Julia and I - we've come a long way since we started running together in August of 2010!
LOVE RUN - done. My first 5K of the year!