Megan, a good friend and fellow masters swimmer, was nice enough to let me stay at her house the night before and even cooked a wonderful dinner of pasta, salad and asparagus. It was so sweet and really set me up to have a great race not by not having to get up at the crack of dawn to drive in that morning.
After backing my heart rate down where it needed to be I ran the rest of the race strong and trying to keep my cadence high and consistent. I had no idea about my mile splits from that point on (I don't do that kind of math!) but I felt like it was going decently well. There were men around me and I would try to run with them, but it seemed like no one was really on my pace so I just did my own thing.
Lot of great people cheered and it was just fun to be out there pushing myself and enjoying the sound of my feet on the pavement. At mile nine I started to feel the fatigue setting in, but I just tried to push it out of my mind.
Almost to the finish and very excited to see if maybe I can make it under the 1:25 barrier! In the last mile my left hip-flexor felt it was going to tighten up and fall off so I was grimacing in this picture! I think I was dragging my left leg a bit behind me! I was sort of close, but not really - 1:25:44, and first women which was a nice surprise. All in all, it was a great day and I was so thankful to race and be out there among great friends and other racers!
Krista, my friend from PSU cross-country, had a great race back, and was third women overall at the Cook's Forest Half Marathon! I was so proud of her and she had a great comeback race. Way to go my friend.
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend of training and thanks for the encouragement and support about my calf. I nursed it back to health for the race and it was fine that day so thank you!