Hey, it’s been awhile! I won a race this weekend! I’m still in lazy mode after Boston, so I wasn’t sure how this would go. We left our house around 8 am on Sunday and got to Schenectady Central Park around 8:30. No alarm necessary since the girls have been getting up at 5:30 am lately. I warmed up 1.5 miles with my sister, very easy, then nursed Natalie before walking over to the start. Reluctantly did one stride and waited a few minutes for the race to start. I don’t know if there was a gun (I think the starter just said GO!!) but once the race was off I went straight to the front. Usually I don’t care if I start off easy, but since there were a lot of young kids in this race (which was awesome, go Girls on the Run) I thought it would be better to just get out. The race made a small loop back through the starting line and then looped around a lake in the park. There was one woman ahead of me in the beginning but I passed her in the first mile, and after that I ran alone.
I came through the first mile in 6:03 (side note: why does Garmin show different splits than Strava and sometimes different distances?) I felt pretty good so I decided to maintain the same effort. The course went up and over a medium-sized hill and then turned left into the woods where we ran along a trail with some uneven footing (although it was well marked). I came through two miles just as we ran back out of the woods and saw my split was 6:13, so I had slowed a little with the hill and uneven footing, but I still felt pretty good.
The third mile looped back around the lake in the opposite direction, and I tried to quicken my pace a little on the back half of the loop. I completely zoned out after that and before I knew it I was at the third mile marker (5:58). Then I looked up and saw my family cheering for me and the finish clock- I didn’t have a big time goal for the race, but it’s always nice to get in under 19 minutes. My official finish time was 18:47 (results here).
After the race I ran an easy mile with my sister as a cool down. I was planning on running another half mile with Emmaline during the kids race, but she decided not to run (it was pretty cold and windy). I’ve been reeeeally enjoying NOT marathon training- probably a little too much.
I won flowers and a year membership to a local gym. Totally didn’t get a photo of the awards because I had the post-race shivers and just wanted to peace out and get some food. We had brunch after the race at Perecca’s Italian Kitchen (they make the BEST bread) which was awesome because we were starving.
They put sprinkles on Emmaline’s pancakes at our request. Yum!