|logistical problems of an all-women race|
Mile 5 12:30
Mile 6 12:42
Mile 7 12:37
Mile 8 12:35
Around mile 8 we were running through a residential area. There was one house up the street with workers on the roof that looked like they had taken a break from their work to watch the race go by. Until I got close enough to realize they were fake people! Who does this to their house?
This race had tons of crowd support, plenty of water stations, lots o' portapotties and even cheerleader squads every couple of miles. I love that the cheerers were still enthusiastically cheering even for us back-of-the-packers. That helps so much, you have no idea. Thank you, cute cheerleader girls.
I was constantly looking out for the feather boa and tiara stations I'd read about when I registered for this race. Into mile 10 I hadnt seen any of either and I'd wondered if they had run out or if I missed the stations as I've been known to miss water stations. Finally at mile 11 I saw runners wearing boas and tiaras coming my way and that totally perked me up. I was going to get mine soon!
|He's rockin it like he's worn 'em before. Right?|
Mile 9 13:38
Mile 10 12:58
Mile 11 13:35
Mile 12 13:44
Everyone runs better in a tiara. A crown turns a scowl into a smile. See?
After my coronation at mile 12, my body was feeling the hurt from the past 12 miles of pounding but with 1 mile left to go, I tried to block out the pain in my quads and knees and just get myself to the finish line. My foot felt fine which was more than I expected.
Mile 13 12:46
Mile 0.1 11:13
That last .10 of a mile can be brutal. There was still awesome crowd support and enthusiastic volunteers all the way to the end. I heard the MC guy calling out names at the finish line call out mine and that I was from California. That was so cool I didn't even care that he mispronouced my last name. Everyone does.