Enjoying daylight savings? I’m not. My internal clock is all up in a tizzy.
However, I did find out TBS plays Saved by the Bell SUPER early on Sunday mornings. So there’s a win.
Another win? Finishing the Hot Chocolate 15k with a new PR!
There were doubts. Because even after listing out all the things I knew to do better from last year’s disasterous run, there’s a pretty good chance I did not learn anything.
For example, there was only one long run done outside. And none in the colder(ish) weather. My bad…
That was ok, though. Going into the race, I really just wanted to have a good run with my friend. And it was a gorgeous day to do it:Not a cloud in the sky. And even though it was low to mid-40’s, the sun made the temps feel so much better.
Already better than last year.
What also made the race better? The bigger race course- it was ALL on the streets (unlike the narrow lake path last year). I only felt a little claustrophobic from race congestion for the first mile or two. As did the two girls who collided and ate serious asphalt around the second turn. It was a cringeworthy fall to watch.
My friend and I stayed together and kept a pretty good pace up until entering the 5th mile. That’s where he started to slow down and shooed me along. Little did he know, I was feeling the fatigue, too, but slowly crept ahead anyway.
The 6th mile is where I hit a major wall. The entire mile SUCKED. I wanted to walk. I was tired. My body was starting to ache.
It cannot be stressed enough- the 6th mile was AWFUL.
My stride came back in the 7th. My legs knew the end was near and picked up the pace to get this business over with.
From there on out, it was a breeze.
Wait, I take that back.
What genius makes the last .3 uphill?
And what genius lined that stretch with event photographers? There were 3. And I imagine those 3 pictures will look like this:
1. A pained expression because the hill started. Not realizing a picture of me is being taken.
2. An annoyed expression because the hill sucks and I cannot believe they are documenting this hot mess.
3. Me laughing at the ridiculousness of what is going down. This may also look like slight delusion.
1133/9067 out of the females.
311/2324 out of my division.
Once again, I traded the apple and banana slices for extra pretzel rods. Fruit should not be allowed anywhere near my plate…
In summary, this race ended up being way better than my experience last year. The course was better, there was better overall organization, and I was much more prepared.
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