I've been totally slacking in my blog entries or I've just signed up for one too many races!
Saturday, February 22nd, was such a gorgeous day! It truly felt like spring was in the air. I'm sure it was because I'd been suffering from sinus issues with all the pollen in the air. My car was caked in yellow dust. Despite the sinus issues and my nose running like a faucet, we could not have asked for better weather.
It's been a year or 2 since I've run this race and was probably my first flat 10K. My other 10Ks have been bridge runs (Talmadge and Cooper). Since this is a smaller, intimate race, we all met around the start line. I made sure I was standing real close to the guy dressed as Waldo so that I could text my friends to look for Waldo if they wanted to find me. Love it!
I was tired and frankly not really looking forward to run. I just wanted to sleep in. All of that changes as soon as you cross the starting line. I ran with my friend, Larry. We've been training a lot lately and motivate each other out there on the road. The course is a familiar one. We run it all the time in our training runs, but it's so much better when the runners own the road.
We were kicking ass regarding our splits. I've made it a habit to not look at my watch so it won't freak me out. Larry would call out our pace at every mile and I was so shocked and happy at the speed we were maintaining. I've been seeing major improvements this year!
As we rounded back to the finish and got closer to Forsyth, I started picking up some steam. I like to sprint through the finish. It was awesome to hear the Striders and Fleet Feet crew cheer me on as I finished strong. And...I got a new PR! According to the tracking website, I finished at 53:45:69! Seems like my Garmin was a little off. I was stoked!!
After the race, the bottom of my right foot was bothering me. I had 2 flat blisters that caused me to limp back to my car. They went away the next day though. Thankfully!! That night, I met up with some fellow runners for a friend's (Mary Jo) birthday to reward myself with my favorite, BEER! Now on to the Shamrock Run 5K!