I headed to the start and hit the port-o-lets and got lined up right behind the 1:50 pacer. I wasn't in this for a PR but I had a few goals in mind. Goal #1 was to enjoy the day and finish strong with a smile on my face. Goal #2 was to finish under 2 hours. Goal #3 was to finish as far under 1:55 as possible. I'm happy to say I hit all my goals for this race.
The first two miles or so are on roads to help thin the crowd out before hitting the park trails. I felt really good here and just maintained a steady pace. It was decently cool with temps in the low 60s but the humidity was pretty high. In fact, I had to laugh when it started to rain during the first mile. Luckily it was just a few sprinkles and then it stopped.
I still had my watch set to MPH instead of minutes per mile so I was running a little bit blind. I think that was good for me. I'd done a few of my training runs in MPH so it wasn't a huge shock but I only had a vague idea of how each mile was going until I hit the mile markers. The course was beautiful as always and around mile 3 or so I came across a bagpipe player in full Scottish garb, which was pretty awesome. Then, around mile 5, I saw the best thing I've ever seen during a race. A guy wearing a tux with tails (and running shoes and a race bib) playing a grand piano in a park! Highlight of the day, for sure! It put some pep in my step.
I finished the race in 1:53:43.
|I don't know how to turn this photo... 'pace' is in MPH, not minute per mile.|
I was really pleased with my time and beat my old course record by nearly 13 minutes! And here are two photos of me looking like a drowned rat in the 96% humidity!