It was a beautiful morning for a run.
They ended up delaying the start by about 15 minutes due to parking delays. So we just hung out and waited to run. My general race plan was to go out slow and no music until after the half way mark in an effort to keep it easy and hopefully give me a boost as I got tired. I decided to walk through all the aid stops since I was not carrying any water myself. Overall this plan seemed to work pretty well.
It was a bit defeating to feel like I was cruising along and then turn a corner and see all the runners walking up a huge hill.
|Elevation map from the website|
The website elevation chart was a bit smoothed over. This race had some hills and then a giant mountain at the end.
|Elevation map from my garmin|
My average pace for the first 9 miles was 10:34, second nine miles 10:24 (negative split whoop whoop) and the last 7.65 was 13:52. Damn mountain. I had hoped for a PR up until mile 18 I felt I was ready to throw down (my version of throwing down) and run hard but then when I saw those hills I was like just get through it. And I did finishing in a solid 5: 11 (Cat did the math for me and since the course ran long and even though the race officials say that only the half ran long not the full I find an extra half mile ran a bit extreme for the course being measured correctly- if it had been 26.2 instead of 26.68 my time would have been 5:05, oh yeah). 5:11 or 5:05 with or without and extra half mile I felt good about the effort I put in up until mile 19. And then I let the hills get the best of me.
Overall I enjoyed this race but I enjoyed the people I got to experience it with the most! And one more gem of a picture. I was caught trying to come down the stairs. It is extremely tricky after running 26 miles. I am nothing but grace and poise at all times.
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To the Heart's Content family thank you again for letting me into your home, showing me the most awesome time and letting me steal some photos! You all are the best and I can't wait until we do it again!