Forty-five minutes later. This is what the weather ended up being for the start of the race. It was so weird!!! At exactly 9:10 it stopped raining, the sun came out and the sky cleared up. It turned out to be perfect for running.
The race was hard. Real hard. There was a lot of wind to fight against and a couple of hills that I seemed to have blocked out of my memory. There was one mother of a hill at the 3 mile turn around. That is just cruel people!
Trac, unfortately wasn't able to run this year because of a nasty cold she came down with. She was pretty bummed, but we will get her in a 10k before the season ends! But, another friend ours, Wendy ran. We started out super strong and fast. Our first mile was 9:30! I was really nervous for Wendy because she is still fighting a cold and nasty cough too. Last thing I wanted was to see her carted off in the above pictured medical vehicle. But she keep going like the energizer bunny. Around the 3 mile maker she slowed and I went ahead.
The whole race I kept telling myself that this is just the West Trail (were we run every Saturday), and to use the same strategy. Nice and easy till the 4 mile mark and then you can start counting down.
Around the 4 mile mark I realized that I had half a shot of getting in under 60 minutes. This motivated me to keep my pace and not slow down.
I entered the plant and could feel the finish around the corner. Except I forgot. There are THREE CORNERS to go around. Thankfully, my friends were sitting at the first one. What a beautiful sight they were to see. The pain on my face must have been apparent because Jen ran me in with her Rudy collar. She encouraged me the whole way and I don't think I could have done it without her.
I don't know my official time, but I know it was 59 minutes and something - Trac said it was 9:34 mile. Woooooohooooooooooo. My personal best. The race in 2005 I ran in 1:04 - so I knocked an entire 5 minutes off. I am elated. Crippled. But elated. My lovely husband also had a personal best today with a time 47:48!!! Damn he is fast. Oh, and my friend Sue did most excellent too. She didn't walk and finished with a time that was well before her goal!
After the race it was free beer (it was sponsored by Budweiser) and Bacardi slushies for everyone! It may of been 11 a.m in New York, but it was 5 o'clock somewhere.
This is the green slushie that was mighty tasty. Mmmmmm....mmmmmm...good. It was refreshing at first, then I had to switch to good old beer.
And when we got home we were able to get a family portrait.