Race Recap as promised…And you know, I believe pictures tell a story. So, here ya go!
Saturday morning, I woke up, drank a cup of coffee, ate Greek yogurt, and did a few warm up stretches. Off to Market Square Day the family went!
2,000 people of all ages lined up in downtown Portsmouth to run 6.2 miles. On your mark, get set, GO..and we bottlenecked outta there. I did my usual bob and weave through the crowds. Honestly, I can’t stand to be squished while running. Not too long after the start, we thinned out and turned a corner. My sweet family was on the side cheering me on and B snapped this picture!
Yep, that’s a fist pump! My signature.
We wound our way through town and the lulu girls were there cheering us on. LOVE THEM!
Came up on mile 1 and I was averaging 7:20. That is WAY too fast, for me, for a 6 mile run. Why do I love to shoot out of the gate like Speedy Gonzalez? I decided to slow a bit and keep a pace of 7:54-8:04. My breathing regulated and I felt GOOD! My earphones were driving me crazy, so I took them out and tucked them in my shirt. This was a FIRST for me. Music keeps me going, especially on a longer run. Good news, I found out that I can run without music!
The course was really scenic taking us through streets of people cheering us on. They blared music from their houses, turned on their sprinklers and held up signs. Mile 1 turned into 2 and 40ish minutes later I was seeing seeing mile 5.
I was running next to several people, through the last mile, and we encouraged each other to stay strong for the home stretch. I love community, don ‘t you?
Final time: 49:14. Pace 7:54 34/413 Females 277/2000 Overall
This is a DEFINITE for next year. AND look who I finally met??
Angela from Happy Fit Mama! She and I have crossed paths a million times and never met.
Look at our race bibs: she was 1554 and I was 1555. Meant to MEET!
Questions of the Day:
What is your favorite race distance?
Do you run with or without music?