Ty was an awesome help in the morning and got both the kids ready by himself because he was ready before I was. Since he did such a great job I was ready in time to run to the race as a warm up. The golf course is a little over a mile and a half away from my parents' house so it was the perfect way to get my legs ready for the race. As I arrived at the race I saw my friend, Kristie, and her family who I hadn't realized would be in town. Carter was ecstatic to see his buddy Nolan who tried to talk us into coming to his house to play after the race! I took off at the race start feeling strong and saw Ty and dad ahead of me. I caught up to Ty and then slowly caught up to dad by the half-mile mark but couldn't quite catch him enough to get up next to him so I ran along behind him for probably about a mile before I finally got up beside him going into the second loop. I ran my first mile in 7:30 which is about what I've been doing so nothing new there. Once we started the second mile I made a concerted effort to maintain my pace. It helped that I was still passing runners because this is a larger race. With the Starry Night which is a smaller race it thins out after the first mile and I typically don't really have anyone to run with. I was feeling great and was confident I was maintaining pace although the effort was definitely more. I didn't look down at my watch to check pace much at all during the race because it was pretty pointless. I'd be running 7:05-7:15 pace on the pavement and then we'd hit the grass and I'd be at 7:40 pace or even slower. Transitioning from pavement to grass is also hard on your legs. I was pleased when I went through the second mile also in 7:30.
|Carter and Jeremy ready for the race.|
|Getting our bibs on before the race.|
|Elise ready to walk the race with Oma.|
Going into the last mile I had pulled ahead of dad and passed everyone who had been close to me. So for the last mile the closest person to me had a 15-20 second lead. My goal was to make my last mile my fastest which I did with a 7:27! I also wanted to hold off anyone coming from behind and keep from getting passed which I was also able to do, finishing in 23:21. I jogged a mile and a half cool down for a 6 mile total on the day. I was pleased with my pacing. Consistency is key when you are coming back from an injury or are out of shape. It's less strain on your body. I knew if I could just get that middle mile down I could shave 20 seconds off my time which was exactly what I did. Now I just need to shave a few more seconds off my overall pace at each race and eventually I'll be back down where I'd like to be!
|Me running by as Carter, mom, and Elise cheered for me.|
|I love this picture of me and dad going by, he says I'm going to have to work harder for my next win!|