Going into the marathon this weekend, I honestly felt unprepared. I am not the overly dramatic type who always questions her preparedness so this was for real. No crying wolf. No blowing smoke. I was a little worried. My long runs were lackluster. Pair that with inconsistent mid-week runs and you can see where I might be concerned. However, I had been swimming and biking as per usual so it wasn’t like I was giving up mid-week runs and doing nothing else.
With that build up to the race, I give you what will quite possibly be the shortest race report I have ever posted on this blog:
Saturday, 3:15 AM. Get up, get dressed.
4:00 AM. Get in the car for a 2 hour drive to the race. (bonus points for being frugal and not staying at a hotel).
6:00 AM. Arrive at race after pit stop at a gas station for some much needed caffeine and what I thought might be my last chance to use a real restroom as opposed to a port-o-potty.
6:30 AM. Registration opens. Pick up bib, enjoy warmth of the museum / airplane hangar as it was 25 degrees outside.
7:30 AM. I ask a nearby runner if there is a bag drop. To which they laugh and reply “just leave your bag in your chair, it will be fine”. Did I mention this race was small?
7:55 AM. Head outside for race start. My face is freezing off. It is still 25 degrees.
8:00 AM. Race start. After only waiting 5 minutes in the cold we are off. No corrals, just get in line and go. I love small races. Face still freezing off. Scan ground for discarded ski mask I could put on. Around mile 7, I finally let go of the gloves and started to warm up. Thankfully, it was sunny out.
10:10 AM. Glance at my Garmin and realize I am on track to PR by a few minutes if I can keep up my current pace. The math games in my head began. (If a runner headed north at approximately 6 mph stops 5 seconds for a cup of water and slows to take in more than one GU gel with a wind blowing at 10-15 mph, at what time will she arrive at the finish line?) I knew it was going to be close.
12:09 PM. Finish line. PR by a little over 2 minutes and 3rd place AG. Crazy. Did I mention my marathon PR was from 2009? I haven’t come within 30 minutes of it since then.
1:00 PM. Fold myself up into the car and head home still in a state of shock over the new PR. Stopping as needed to update facebook status.