First race of 2011 is in the books!
I headed down on Friday to lovely Virginia Beach- had a fairly uneventful drive and got there about 2pm. The expo seemed smaller to me this year than last and we really didn’t spend too much time there. I wanted to get some CEP’s but they weren’t there so that was the only real bummer for me. That night, her cousins (we stayed at their house right off the beach) made a fabulous dinner of Alfredo and Salmon. Ah-mazing. And then it was off to bed.
Pre-Race: Up and at em by 5:30 and to the race by 6:15. We got a fabulous parking space which was nice because it was raining. Ugh. I don’t so much mind running in rain, but I very much mind standing around in it. Once we got down to 31st street where the start line was, we stayed out of the wind/rain at the local hotel. Right before they started lining us up, the rain stopped. But the wind…well, that would be a whole nother story!
Race: Nicole and I started off together at a comfortable pace just under 10 minute miles. Everything felt good. I was really just cruising…and at a pace slightly faster than I am used to for starting out. It felt good, so I kept up with it. The first mile flew by. As did the second mile. As I came into the third mile I knew I needed to slow it down- Nicole went ahead and I kept steady at about a 10minute mile. I came into the 5k mark at a little over 29 minutes. This was good! It was all good. Until I got to the boardwalk. Mile 4 was a complete fail. The wind was horrible- sand in my eye (even with my glasses on), wind pounding me in the face, everyone trying to run on the left so as not be hit by the sand…crowded, annoying, fail! With that said, I did not let it get me down- I knew I had a bad mile, but I also knew I could still make my goal of under 50:00. I pushed so hard. Dug deep. Thought positive. I did everything I could. I left it all out there in mile 5. And I came in at 51:13. 1 minute and 13 seconds over my goal.
Mile 1- 9:44
Mile 2- 19:38
Mile 3- 29:35
Mile 4- 41:07
Mile 5- 51:13
Overall, I am happy with my performance. So I didn’t make my goal. So that sucks. But the race was hard fought. And this time last year, I was hardly even running. This was my first race of 2011′ my first race since November of 2010. At the end of the day, I gave it all I had. It wasn’t my best showing, but it was my best effort.
Post-Race: Met up with Nicole (she ran 47:02!) and headed to grab our post race adult beverages. Yum! Snacked, listened to some music and then grabbed lunch at a local place called TapHouse. Awesome lunch! Then headed home and took a nap before going out on the town that night.
It was a good trip and I am glad I went, but I was exhausted by the time I got home on Sunday night. I drove right to R2’s house and stayed there so I didn’t even unpack until after I got home from work yesterday! I woke up today, swam and tonight I work! Training is in full swing; I feel great but I am tired! I need a vacation from the vacations I have been taking!!!
And of course…photos: