Our weekend was busy. Dave was out of town running a relay race in Maryland, so I was on my own with the kiddo and dog. My parents helped out as I had to work on Friday night and Saturday morning, then my sister had a family dinner on Saturday night, and then I made the decision to stay with my parents on Saturday night so I wouldn't interrupt everyone to go run my race on Sunday morning.
That was a dumb decision.
Anderson and I shared a bed, which would have been fine, except he was still awake at midnight and my alarm was set for 6:00. On top of that, our dog was sleeping in bed with us, which is normal, but she kept hopping off the bed any time I got up and she wanted out at 1:00am. And finally, my parents' dog, in his crate downstairs, barked all night long. Needless to say, I did not feel rested and ready to go when I got up in the morning. AND, everyone in the house was awake and downstairs when I left for the race at 6:45.
It poured down rain as I drove downtown and continued to rain right up until just a few minutes before race time. I wore a hat because of the rain, which was a total mistake as the humidity was like 1 billion percent and the hat was hot, hot, HOT!!! My warmup kind of sucked, but I was gonna run it and run it hard.
And I did. I started out a little too fast, but held on and ran hard until the end. The race was highly competitive. I did my best to hang on and race anyone down I could. The course was honest with rolls and turns.
My final time was a 45:35, which is a 5 second PR and a 7:20 pace. I finished 5th in my age group and even picked up a little award.
I have been working really hard on my speed and endurance this year. It's great to see it paying off. And I hate to admit it, I'm really loving these short, fast races. Plus, a new PR after 15 years of running? Icing on the cake.