I’m not sure how this happened! It was gray, cool and extremely humid as the race approached. The boys were excited and running in the kids’ race. My husband and I were definitely going through the motions.
We met up with our friend and we all admitted to having heavy legs and questioning the outcome. It didn’t seem to be a day for a PR. The course had a bunch of small hills, but thankfully some fun water views along the way.
It wasn’t a chip race, which means the further back you are at the start, you are that much later on the clock. My husband snuck towards the front while my friend and I were further back.
As race time approached, a local police officer began singing the national anthem. The microphone wasn’t really working and all of the runners sang the national anthem with the police officer. It was an amazing moment.
Then we were off. All of a sudden, my heavy legs were feeling pretty strong. The beginning of the course is pretty windy so it was easy to set short-term goals. Keep this pace to the next road, get to the top of the hill, get to the bottom of the hill, etc.
My goal pace was a 10:00 mile – I was chugging along at 9:30!! I even maintained 9:18 for the second mile. Who knew?!? My friend ran with me for most of the race, but I let her go ahead at 2.5 miles as I had to slow down a little. Somehow, I didn’t slow down too much and finished strong with a time of 30:51! My husband also PRed at 22:40 :)
As a slower runner, I have become accustomed to being passed by many people. In this race, I was actually passing other runners and not to have them pass me again. I’m not sure where it came from, but I definitely felt strong through the entire race.
Maybe it was not being that into it in the beginning, I just wanted to get it done. I have definitely been training hard with my friends, but it’s been on the track. No hills there ;). I was really curious to see how our training would translate.
So far, pretty well :) The true test will be this week. We are running a 3 mile race on Thurs. It’s definitely the fastest turn around we’ve had. I’m hopeful for a good time and to have fun! The boys will be running the kids’ race the same day as they complete their running class.
Have you run your best race on heavy legs? What’s your favorite strategy while running? How was your weekend?