|Loving the glass, so cute!|
It was an unusually warm February afternoon. I would say it was hovering around 80 degrees. I wasn't overly thrilled about this because I am not a warm weather racer. My body runs hot, so I definitely favor cooler racing temps. I hit the porta potty and headed to the start. I had planned on warming up, but I ran out of time. That was a big FAIL on my part. Note to self, sprint races require warmup. I usually wear Nike Tempo Shorts for all running races, but busted out the Nike running skirt for the occasion. My only complaint about this skirt is that there wasn't a key pocket, so I had to put my car key in my sports bra and hope it didn't fall out. Good thing there's plenty of room in there. :)
The race started pretty much on time, plus or minus a minute. The race starts out by going North on the Mill Ave bridge and then circles down underneath the bridge. We had to climb ourselves back up the hill on the other side of the bridge while heading to the turnaround on Curry Rd. This was definitely not a flat course, there were some nice hills thrown in over the 3.1 miles. I took the first mile out a bit fast and paid for that on the remaining two miles. I was thrilled to see the finish line and was definitely in the hurt box. I was 'caught' by the first six guys, but the top girls weren't; way to go ladies! I ended up 12th overall woman and 3rd in 30-34 with a 21:19. This isn't a PR for me, but I'm happy with it.
|This guy helps me go fast.|
The post race setup was awesome and packed with racers as well as spectators. The Chadwicks were rocking the stage and there were tons of vendor booths. I picked up some Pop Chips, water, Gatorade, and PowerBar goodies. I came away with more loot at this race than I do at some triathlons, which have a much higher price tag. The best perk was of course the free beer from Four Peaks and the wine from Barefoot. I think Red Rock Company/Lifetime Fitness did a great job with this event and it's definitely very popular with the community.
|I love free goodies!|
|My friend Brandon and I at the finish with our Four Peaks beer!|
The shirts were nice; it's not very often that you get a long sleeve technical t-shirt.
|Sweet long sleeve.|
|With my friend Karleen, who won the 1/2 marathon.|
|My winner's and finisher's medal, left to right, respectively.|
|Fun with the props, post race.|
|How often can you win a race and get engaged all in the same day?! Probably never, ever again.|
|My friend Julie and I! She ripped up the 8K trail run.|
|Karleen and I rubbing Kelly's belly for luck. Such a star, still killing the races.|
|Love me some Pro Compression.|