Shortly after the start we were running immediately in front of the State House.
I didn't want to get out of bed. It was raining and I was mega tired! But I dragged myself out of bed and started going through my prerace routine. I had packed my bag the night before so I took a shower, drank some coffee and made my toast for the ride. I double checked that I had my shoes and a hat. I arrived in Montpelier about an hour later and got right to the race. When I got out of my car it was freezing and raining. I registered and came back to my car to finish getting ready.
Put on bib - check.
Put car key in shirt pocket - check.
Put on socks- check.
Take shoes out of bag and put on - wait.
Where are the insoles? Sh**! I grabbed my newer shoes but I have most recently been running in my older shoes which have the super feet in them. These shoes have no insoles what so ever! I always have an extra pair of shoes in the back. Not today. I wore them on my golf field trip on Thursday. What do I do? I put the shoes on - they fit very strangely and I walked to the running store sponsoring the race. They are not open. The door is unlocked and I go in anyways. A few minutes later an employee arrives to work - probably wondering why I am in the store and how I got in. I tell her my sad story and she turns on the computer, gets me some super feet, cuts them for my shoes and I am good to go. She so easily could have said -"Look lady, the store isn't open, why are you in here - get out and never enter this store again!" Whew! She did not say that and could not have been nicer. So I go back to the car and finish getting ready.
It was a fairly small race, more than 100 but not a lot I don't think. Once we got going there were all the fast fast people out front. Then there was a whole clump of people ahead of me. Then there was me. I didn't know if anyone was behind me. I thought I was last. The racers in small races put on by running clubs tend to be faster in my experience. Soon after we got going I wasn't cold anymore. There was just a light drizzle. But there was a lot of mud and my newish shoes no longer look new. First we went up a hill, then along the front of the State House (preview of running in DC). That was neat. Then a few more hills and off the the flat part along a bike path. There is a river through Montpelier and some of the race was alongside it. It has flooded there more than once and I am including a few pictures from the floods.
Back to the race. Then we were running on a dirt road full of pot holes. Just before the turn around I passed a runner plus once we turned I could see that a ways back there was another whole clump of runners. So yeah, I wasn't last.
I was trying to run my miles in under 9 minutes a mile. I worked particularly hard to do this in the last two miles when I was tired. My splits were:
8:51 8:42 8:57 8:57 8:48 8:53 8:04(last .2)
So my splits were fairly even and all under 9! This was better than my only other 10K this year so overall I was pleased. I did NOT win a prize for my age group. Results aren't posted yet but there were some awesomely fast women there that were more than 50! I did have one youngish woman telling me after the race that she kept me in her sights the whole race and I helped her along! The post race food was excellent - huge bakery cookies, bananas etc. The prizes 3 deep in age groups were gift certificates to the running store that sponsored the race. Plus there were two randomly drawn 100 dollar gift certificates! My name wasn't called! But all in all a good race and I enjoyed the post race feeling all day.
The river yesterday
Today I ran 10 miles to finish out the first week of marathon training for that marathon I haven't picked out yet! But I am close. Weekly total - 35 miles - yeah marathon training is beginning!
We had our staff party Friday night - very enjoyable and went out to eat with friends last night. Usually when I go out I have wine but I guess I have been reading about it so much on MCM Mamas and Jamoosh's blogs that I needed to have beer. I have to say I enjoyed it a lot and may need to keep the new trend up for awhile. Today I have been packing to go to DC, finishing report cards and catching up with odds and ends. Hope everyone had a good weekend!