I’m on a roll!
This was my Third Saturday, Third Race and Third PR all in a row! I’m currently on a runner’s high that just can’t be beat.
Out of all three races, I have to admit this was on the one I was the most nervous about. I have been concentrating on speed training for my 5k and long distance training for my marathon, that some how I forgot to specifiy any training for this 15k!
I decided to just head out and have fun. I knew my previous PR of 1:21:50 would be a tough one to beat and I didn’t want to kill myself trying to beat it.
This morning I woke up bright and early at 5:00am and tried to push the race out of my head Instead I gave Maddie some extra lovin and feasted on some pre-race fuel.
I had 1/2 a Whole Wheat Pita stuffed with Almond Butter and Pear Slices with the x-tra slices on the side.
I knew traffic was going to be a nightmare so I headed to the site extra early and immediately ran into a familiar face.
Sarah had signed up to volunteer at the race and was on duty handing out registration packets when I found her.
My mission was then to battle the 2000+ crowd of runners, spectators & volunteer to find all of my favorite runners.
I got lucky right off the bat locating Megan, Debbie and their significant others.
Next up I found Caitlin wandering the streets.
Now, the question remains where was Kelly? hmm…
I got a phone call from my Mom 10 minutes before the race was suppose to telling me she and my Dad had Kelly and they were almost there. Almost there? We were currently walking to the start line at this time.
I frantically tried to call my Mom back to get an ETA, but she wasn’t answering and I had to give my phone up to Caitlin’s Husband before the whistle blew. It was not a fun feeling starting the race unsure whether my Sister had made it or not.
But, we had no choice and at 7:00 on the dot we were off whether Kelly was there or not.
Then after we hit a water station I caught a glimpse of a girl with Kelly’s hair and posture toss a cup a 100 yards or so ahead of us. I found my sister! I started shouting ‘KELLY!’ and sprinted to where she was.
I was so happy to see her! It was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders knowing she had made it to the start line on time.
Kelly told me the story of what had happened and how she didn’t have time to let the satellite connect to her Garmin so she had no clue how fast she was going.
I looked down and told her right about now she was running a 7:30 mile. She looked at me and said ‘Oh Crap!’ and that she had to slow down.
Megan had sprinted ahead to us at this point and we both continued on as Kelly drifted backwards in hopes of locating Caitlin or Debbie to run with.
At this point Megan and I made a pact to run the rest of the race together. We ran side by side in silence and honestly having her there really kept me in check. Anytime I wanted to slow down or walk I knew I couldn’t because then I would be letting Megan and myself down.
We averaged an 8:30 pace and I knew by running with Megan I had a chance of breaking my PR.
Right before mile 9 I knew I had nothing left in me and I saw Megan did. She began to pick up her pace and gained a slight lead. I let her have it and ran the remainder of the race how I felt comfortable, instead of trying to hurt myself.
I crossed the finish line exactly 9 seconds behind Megan and 45 seconds faster then my previous 15k PR.
Official time 1:21:05!!! Yipppeeee!!!!!
I was happy to find my parents immediately after I finished.
Kelly found us with tears of joy in her eyes.
I was soooo proud!
Everyone did great setting new PRS, completing new race distances and coming back from injury.
Don’t take my word for it, check out their recaps and see for yourself.
One of the luring aspects of the Miracles Miles 15k is the FREE Chick Fil A Sandwiches they hand out at the finish line.
I was oddly starving waiting for my sandwich and couldn’t wait to dig in.
I love Chick FIl A, but obviously don’t eat it everyday. In fact the last time I had a sandwich was after this same race last year. I made sure to enjoy every bite.
Well I tried to make it last, but it was too good and I ate it in only a couple of bites.
None of us knew we would be in a hurry to leave after the race, so we planned a group picnic to relax and unwind.
We had bagels, cream cheese, barney butter, cookies and of course cupcakes for the birthday girl!
This was mine and Megan’s Secret Baking project last night.
A girl after my own heart, Ashley chose to spend her 21st birthday running the 15k this morning! In her honor we baked Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing.
These babies were a hit!!! I couldn’t help having another one myself.
So moist and sooo peanut buttery. Yum!
Sarah had brought Peanut Butter Cookies with a Reeses Center, that I had one of.
I washed everything down with a cup of OJ.
The picnic was a great idea to simply chill after the race and share each other’s horror stories. I could not ask for better friends to share my passion for running with.
When we finally packed it up and headed out, I had to rush home, change and book it to Tampa for the evening.
I did manage a quick stop at Starkbuck to quench my thirst with a Venti Iced Unsweetened Passion Fruit Tea.
For the first time Florida State was playing the University of South Florida at noon today. This was a big game as -pardon my french – USF fans are cocky bastards, so Derek and I made plans to watch the game with the Tampa Florida State Alumni Association at Bar Louie in Tampa.
We arrived during half time and the place was PACKED with FSU fans. I felt so at home.
Of course we were a wee bit nervous that we weren’t doing too hot on the field.
I drowned my sorrows in a Sam Adams Octoberfest.
For lunch Derek and I split two appropriate bar food appetizers.
The Hummus, Taboule, & Tryzatzi Platter.
And Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.
Can you tell who ordered which?
Derek ate all of the Pitas on the platter, while I ate the Cucumbers.
And I had two of the four sliders.
The details of the game are too painful, so I will just leave you with this.
I guess you can’t win them all.