|Before, while I still looked lovelyish. I'm #840. I'd never met the two in the middle, but the other three are family friends. The one on the far right is the one who organized the fundraiser. The other two I know are her mom and her sister-in-law.|
|Hey, look! It's my back!|
|It's my back again! Betcha can't guess who forgot to bring her camera...|
Most of the race is flat, but the last part is uphill. Such a mean, dirty trick. Toward the finish line I tried to pick up the pace a little and that was moderately successful. I went faster but there wasn't a whole lot left to give. I made it, though! I went through the lines to get my souvenir water bottle and some food and watched the people around me. I heard someone say, "Man, after Ragnar I thought this would be cake but it wasn't!" I've heard how truly challenging Ragnar is so that made me feel like I'm less of a wimp. I really had been disappointed not to run the whole thing. I heard someone else ask their friend if it was worth waiting in line to get the special water bottle. That's the hardest 3 miles I've run in a loooooooong time, so there was no way I was leaving without that water bottle. I earned it, man! In the end I'm actually pretty proud of how I did. With the humidity and my other...uh...bodily ailments, I think I still did well. Final time was 31:48.6 (10:15 pace) and I placed 55 out of 214 in my age division. Not too shabby. It was just complete misery while I was doing it. I'll have to go for another PR in the future; it's okay that this one wasn't my best.
Now it's on to tomorrow's seven mile run. I am once again apprehensive to do the long run because yesterday's three was so beastly. I'm nervous for tomorrow and hoping for much, MUCH less humidity.
**UPDATE** The professional pictures from the Freedom Run have been posted. Find mine here. If you look at picture 13 you'll see I apparently came in just behind "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy"... who is pushing a stroller. Maybe next year I'll make it ahead of the stroller-pushers. :)