|Two thumbs up for early mornings and shiny sunscreen faces|
Everything was very organized and easy to get to. We got to park right next to the start and there were indoor bathrooms since the start was at Hohokam Stadium. Score.
We started in a parking lot and ran out into the road and then onto a path by a canal for the rest of the way. The course was out and back. We started right on time at 7a.m. It was a little chilly and overcast- perfect running weather.
|Waiting to start- stand up straight me, geez|
My only real complaint about the course is that the part on gravel incorporated some bigger rocks that I kept rolling my ankle on. Probably because I am not very graceful and as I got more tired I got more clumsy. It got really frustrating towards the end though and pavement would have been better. Considering last years course was two loops I will take an out and back with gravel any day to having to do the same thing twice. Plus the canal was pretty, peaceful, had ducks and water and no cars. We crossed numerous streets but police officers were there to stop traffic. Volunteers at the aid stations were great and cheered us on. Otherwise there really were no spectators.
|Sprint to the finish.|
So how did I do......
pretty dang awesome. Official finish time 2:20:02.
|My face after realizing I would finish under 2:30|
Mile 1 10:11.8
Mile 2 10:10.5
Mile 3 10:17.8
Mile 4 10:09.6
Mile 5 10:23.9
Mile 6 10:40.4 (ate gu)
Mile 7 10:31.0
Mile 8 10:17.1
Mile 9 11:12.2
Mile 10 11:33.7
Mile 11 11:04.3
Mile 12 12:20.4 (rolled ankle, threw mental fit-apparently eats into your time)
Mile 13 10:23.6
Mile 14 :45.4