Mike and I got to the Run Thru the Woods starting line early. They were setting up the awards stand (sorry to the guy whose bum I caught in this photo) and getting ready for the festivities!
They had all sorts of food, including cookies, brownies, bananas, mixed fruit, coffee and hot chocolate. I got a cup of mixed fruit and enjoyed a little extra breakfast.
They had this huge monster truck called the Whambulance. It was strictly for publicity…of course! It’s so big you can’t hardly see the guy standing by the back tire looking underneath it. It’s a bit dark because it was just breaking dawn (no, not with vampires). I met up with Liz and some of the other people in my running group and we did a warm up before the race. I think we did a little over a mile.
Once I finished with the warm up I found Mike again and we lined up for the start. There were a lot of people there! I was a little surprised because it was Thanksgiving morning, but I was also happy to see the turnout!
They have a Pine Cone Award if you run three specific races in three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). To promote that, they had this little guy walking around!
The horn blasted and we were off. It’s really hard to see in this picture but about a half mile in to the race we had to go over an overpass. It was really quite cool to see all of the people running up and over the overpass. If you click on the picture you may be able to see the enlarged version.
I looked at my watch as I was approaching the overpass and it said my pace was 12:30. That was wayyy too fast for me, so I slowed it down. Why? So I would be able to run the race without fading out and so I wouldn’t get shin splints! However, it was very hard to slow down too much. I had people going around my right side where there was only an inch or two of running room. Really? Go around the other side people!
I was passed by an older woman toward the beginning that chose as my target. I always pick one woman to try and beat so I keep pushing myself to go. As I got up and over the over pass and 80 year old woman passed me. I felt very small at that point in time! Onward and upward!! About mile 1.5 I passed the red shirt lady (she put up quite a fight because she didn’t want me passing) and was ahead of her for a good 1 1/2-2 miles. She went past me as we entered a neighborhood. That was ok though because I was still going to beat her in the end. She was using up her energy, I was conserving until the end. I also picked out a guy in a red t-shirt that was in front of me too. Apparently, I was the bull being attracted to red!
I wanted to reach the 4 mile mark before I saw Mike again. He always comes back to finish races with me, but I want to be as close to done as I can be before he shows up! One of these days I’ll finish before he comes back…maybe! He ran with me back up the overpass, which stinks at the end of a race, and almost to the finish line. As I was going over the overpass I passed the woman in red again because she had gassed out. So, I set my sights on the man and kept plugging away. Mike took my phone and ran ahead so he could get a picture of me crossing the finish line when we had about 1/4 mile left to go. That’s when I decided to really push it.
I turned on the boosters and gave it all I had. I passed the guy and his wife and was feeling pretty good until I rounded the corner and realized I may have turned it on a little too quick! However, I dug deep and made it across the finish line well ahead of the couple. Mike was no where to be found. When I did find him, he told me he wasn’t able to get a picture of me because he couldn’t figure out how to take the photo and apparently I came to the finish line too quickly because he wasn’t ready! All in all, that’s a win in my book! My official time was 1:10:41 which is a 14:08 pace!! Yeah buddy! I was 2126th out of 2150 participants. Mike finished in 35:57 with a pace of 7:11. I know, right? Men….
Pure determination! These are proof photos from the raceshots people…