Parking area before the race
I love this race mainly because it is a loop. I do NOT love it because of it's distance. I would have really rocked it today if it was the Stowe 5 Miler! I do not know what the temp and humidity were but it was hot! Thank goodness for shaded roads in spots but I don't ever remember being so soaked from sweat!
Mom and Daughter ready to race
This race was part of the New England Grand Prix series so there were seriously fast people there! There was a cross country start in a wide field and teams got to be lined up together on the start. This seemed to be a big deal. I must say it worked fine as I never felt crowded or pushed. The first couple of miles passed fairly quickly with people settling into their places. In the second mile I decided I was going to pick up my pace for 100 breaths each mile. It seemed to work well in Mile Two although 100 breaths takes one farther than I would think. Mile Three was where the uphills began but this strategy worked well as my pace was still fairly even. Mile Four had this Wonderful long downhill that was also shaded. This was my best mile the whole race. I still held it together for Mile 5 but Mile 6 was my slowest mile as well as somewhat hilly. I was really tiring although I still went for the pick it up for the 100 breaths approach. I continued to be very tired in Mile 7 but at this time I knew the end was approaching. I did not manage to do a faster anything in Mile 8. It is pretty much all uphill. I did not realize quite how much until I was driving past the course on the way home and could see that yes it was ALL pretty much uphill. My last mile was not my slowest which is amazing.
Parking area before the race - very pretty, don't know how much you can tell but trust me it is!
So what was my time and stats. My time was 1:13:46 for a 9:14 pace. I have not yet gotten below a 9 for anything beyond a 5K. I was 559/884. I was 9/22 in my age group. I'll take it. I was hoping for more but it didn't happen today. (Last weekend I was 559 but out of far fewer people and I was 9 in my age group but out of fewer people. What are the chances of that?)
Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 9:07
Mile 3: 9:11
Mile 4: 8:25
Mile 5: 9:06
Mile 6: 9:49
Mile 7: 9:36
Mile 8: 9:31
Emily ran the race with me. Her goal was to break an hour. Her time - 58:28!
We got there an hour earlier than needed because I had the wrong race start time. Last weekend I thought it was a half hour later. I guess I need to start looking and stop assuming I know. The good thing was there were plenty of small shirts left. The bad thing was it is the same shirt as last year.
Done and ready to head home!
I am glad I raced today but my PF is KILLING me tonight. I thought I had it under control but I think it is time to see my chiro about it. I was visiting them about this same time last summer and it helped a ton.