Yesterday we went and picked up our packets. In years past the shirts have been long sleeve so I was quite surprised when the shirts were short sleeve. It isn't short sleeve weather around here, but it is a nice shirt that will sit in my drawer until next April when it is warm enough to wear it.
|ADP's name is before mine in the ABC's so he had number 1229|
|ADP and Suzy pre-race|
This morning dawned bright and early. We got ready, dropped the kids off at the neighbors (we had their kids yesterday, they have ours today!!), and were off to the race.
We were there plenty early, which is good because I only had to wait a few minutes to use the bathroom. Closer to race time the bathroom and port-a-pottie lines were horribly long. There was a record turn out of ~1,800 so they really needed more port-a-potties.
ADP gave me a quick kiss (awwwww!) and was off to line up. I stuck around with a group of local runners. Most are moms and all are amazing women. We had a couple quick pictures taken and then we were off to the start. Of course, getting to the starting line isn't a straight path because I saw some USA Fit runners and had to say hi to them as well. It is great to have a local race with so many familiar faces.
|Strong Running Mamas|
Amanda and I lined up with a lot of the group and we stuck together for the first ~5.5 miles. We needed some time to catch up as it had been way to long. I was surprised when I saw my splits coming up for the first five miles (10:11, 9:56, 9:54, 9:33, 10:28). Happily surprised. Here's the thing: we were running mainly downhill. A race where the start and finish lines are close to one another and is downhill for the first half means only one thing for the second half: UPHILL! And then I saw "the hill" and made it part way and then walked. I'm glad I walked because my calf is a little tender now. I walked when it was uphill and ran when it was flat for the next three miles (11:21, 10:26, 11:26).
Then I turned the corner and saw ADP. My first question was whether he hit his goal (he did!!!). He ran with me for about 1.5 miles. It was great to have ADP running along with me and talking! He ran me almost to the finish line and didn't even say a word when I had to walk for a few seconds here and there. My final splits were 10:49 and 9:24 equiv. What does that add up to? Garmin says 9.39 miles in 1:37:46. WAY faster than I could have hoped for!
ADP did amazing! He finished in 58:30! His prize: he got a sticker for finishing the 15K in under 60 minutes.
My official numbers:
90 of 126 in my AG
#1344 of 1603 finishers
Finish: 1:37:35 net (1:37:59 gun)
ADP's official numbers:
7 of 98 in AG
#62 of 1603 finishers
Finish: 58:30 net (58:37 gun)