Best thing about this March race that’s only a half- smaller crowd… meaning less lines for the porter pottys, yesss! I am a big pee’er… I must pee right before the race starts, like two minutes before and then run into my corral or any corral I can get to for that matter. A lot of times I pee twice in 5 minutes…. Sorry if that’s a TMI. Anyways I peed and then got into a corral, might have been mine, not sure.
The first few miles felt good, I actually ran the first mile around 8 minutes and had to force myself to slow down because who are we kidding- I’m not keeping up that pace for 13 miles. My 5k split was 27:13, pace of 8:46- this is a good pace for me… spoiler alert: I did not keep this pace. This was also all flat and through the city, which helps! Saw Pat again here and this is me mid-blowing a kiss!
After that we ran up the ramp to Strawberry Mansion bridge, across the bridge, up a small hill, down a small hill, back down across the bridge and down the ramp. Uphills and downhills over. I took my second gel at this point, mile 9-10. I tend to eat them gradually instead of downing the whole thing at once. After the turnaround point its basically a quick and flat 5k. Well quick if you’re in good running shape and not tired from already running 10 miles. Ha.