it's virgin run - and thin gloves. Once we began I was fine except for my hands. It took a couple miles for them to warm up.
This race was a 5K and a 10K. There were slightly more than 100 people there. We all headed down this somewhat narrow path and it was a little congested at first. We ran down this path for slightly more than a mile and the 5K people turned around and went back. My first mile was 8:35 which I was very pleased with. We continued on a loop which went for a very short ways along Lake Champlain. There were a couple of hills but nothing too terrible. I thought I had the second mile when I saw a marking in the road and then was very disappointed when we got to it later. My second mile was 9:19. Oops! I needed to pick up the pace again. When we got back to the path we did the loop again. I have never been in a race where I had to repeat a section like that. Of course I have done out and backs but that is not what I mean. I wasn't crazy about it but it was pretty and could have been worse. My third mile was 8:43 so I was back in the game. I was SURE that I was the last 10K racer. I could see no one behind me. During the fourth mile I passed a guy and a girl who stayed somewhat behind me. I thought they would pass me back eventually as they were chatting away easily and didn't seem to be working too hard. Then I passed the Vermont RacingwithBabes with sporty high socks. I had thought I wouldn't be able to even catch up to her as she had been in my site for awhile but I passed her and her friend and stayed well ahead of them the rest of the race so I felt relieved that someone would be behind me. My fourth mile was 9:06 and my fifth was 9:09. I really made an effort to increase my speed for the last full mile and felt like I was doing it. Before the end the guy and girl of the easy chatting did pass me. When I approached the end I heard a yell for me and my son had surprised me by showing up to cheer me in. I had thought he might race it with me so he did redeem himself by being there!
My last mile was 8:45 and my last .2 was 8:55. According to the race my overall time was 56:04. I was slightly disappointed to be just over 9 as I could have found those 6 seconds somewhere to be under. Later the race director asked if anyone had a GPS as he thought the course was slightly long! My GPS said I ran 6.28 and my pace was 8:56! Yes! Officially though, a 9:03.
I did make a trip to Dicks where RacingWithBabes says she gets her awesome socks. I decided these socks were just not for me though. I like short barely there socks and I really prefer Reeboks. I did find some very fun short barely there Reeboks so it was a score! I also had a fun post race birthday shopping/lunch out with my son! Yeah!
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