Saturday I ran the New Moon Quarter Marathon. I had no specific plans or thoughts for this race, expect go out conservatively and finish strong. Oh, and my fellow life guarding friends were running it with me so of course I wanted to beat them.
Between the long drive there, parking forever away, picking up my packet, and using the bathroom, I had less than 10 minutes to warm up. I took a stroll around the block and did some pickups. Everything felt great. It was going to be a good day.
I started out what I felt was comfortably. Dave said the look on my face would disagree with this statement. However, I was able to have a conversation with him and everyone around me early in the race. At the first turn, the girl in front of me, who was running the half marathon, got a bike escort for first place so I knew I was cruising and doing well.
Mile 1 - 7:36
Mile 2 - 7:40
This is where I saw Dave and he told me I was in 4th place.
Mile 3 - 7:29
I passed the lead half marathon female going up a hill here. I saw Dave somewhere again in here and he told me I was in third. Actually I was in third the whole time since he didn't know the girl initially in front of me was doing the half marathon. I was now hunting down the girl in second. I was FLYING and felt great.
Mile 4 - 7:19
Mile 5 - 7:13
I caught the second place girl in the sixth mile and was now within sight of the first place girl. I wanted her bad.
Mile 6 - 7:31
I chased and chased in the last half mile (0.69 miles according to my Garmin). I was now going full-on and basically sprinting. I was putting everything I had into it.
Last 0.55 (0.69 Garmin) - 6:45 pace
I FREAKIN' WON!!!!
Oh, and I beat my friends from the Y.