This morning was the annual Noodleini run in De Pere. This is the third year I have run this race. Last year, I was quite pregnant and was just out there to finish. And I did, after taking a fall about the 1 mile mark. This year, I had much high aspirations. I have been running well lately, and I felt that I could turn in a pretty decent time. I was running with my cousin, Jason, who I also ran with earlier this month at the Hewitt Pumpkin Run.
My goal was to try to run the race with Jason. We hadn’t really talked about it, but I felt that I could probably keep up with him for at least the first two miles. The beginning of the course was really congested. By about the 3/4 mile mark, Jason had pulled ahead of me. My goal turned into just not letting him get to far ahead. I thought that maybe I could catch up with him at the end.
The last two races, I have had some problems with my Garmin. It won’t give me my pace. it just shows my running time. This is frustrating because I don’t know if I should be going harder, or if I’m pushing too hard and in danger of running out of gas. This wasn’t so much of a problem at the Turkey Trot earlier this week, because I was running at Tim’s pace and not really worried about time.
Today, I only looked at my Garmin once…shortly after mile 2. At that point, I knew I was making pretty good time. I could still see Jason a few steps ahead of me, and I was feeling pretty good, so I didn’t think I needed to adjust my pace. I am familiar with the course, so I knew what was left. I tried to close the gap with Jason during the third mile. Eventually, I was able to reel him in with about a quarter mile to go. He took one look at me and picked up the pace. I tried to keep up, but the finish chute narrows and this lady got in front of me and I couldn’t get around her. Jason beat me by three seconds.
My time: 26:43. That’s a PR, folks! Average pace of 8:37! What a great way to end my season. I wanted to go out strong before my surgery in two weeks. I’m hoping I can pick up right where I left off when I get back to racing in February. Come back race: Seroogy’s 5K.
Oh, I almost forgot. I entered this race as an Athena. Basically, in running language, that is a woman over a certain weight. On the men’s side, they are called Clydesdales. Anyway, I got 2nd in the division!
sorry the picture is blurry. I was using my phone in a moving car. But, I’m pretty proud of the hardware! But, what’s even cooler, is that I was only 30 seconds from placing outright in my age group. That’s only 10 seconds a mile!! Something to look forward to after I come back from surgery.