It was the shortest of the four races I would do that weekend, and the one I was most concerned about getting injured. A marathon on Sunday? No biggie! But a single fast mile? I had visions of blowing out a hamstring so I made sure to warm up more for this race than any other. I did a nice slow jog of almost a mile to pick up my stuff then stretched and stretched.
|The medal is a bottle opener :)|
It's probably the only race where you want to be in a higher corral because the slowest finishers went first, then every ten minutes a faster group started. I predicted a 7:40 finish because I knew I'd be affected by the pace around me, and I wanted to be in the 7-minute group, not the 8-minute group.
The first 0.3 miles I was in the 6-minute range. It was hard! I was sucking in air so violently that I lost my voice almost immediately (I was fine by the next morning). I finished in 7:45 by my watch, 7:51 by their clock. My previous best had been an 8:40, so I'll take it! After I finished we stuck around to watch the other races finish. The male winner's time was 4:19 and the female's was 4:55. Crazy!
We actually got medals for this race, and the t-shirt is cute. Also included were coupons for 2 beers and a Skyline coney dog. Bill and I used the beer coupons, then I tore off the hot dog coupon and offered it to whoever wanted it. The goodies are nice, but I would have done the race for nothing. Had they said "donate $10 to our charity and you can use our clock and closed course" I would have done that.
This is going to be a more difficult PR to beat because it's not a super common distance for adults. Almost immediately after finishing I wanted to try again! My goal was anything under 8:00. Race 1 - win!