I accomplished that today.
This is the 2nd race that I revisited since I started running last year: The Misssion Inn 10k.
Last year this was my first 10k ever. I sucked big time but I finished it and I was happy that day. I did not care about the time. This year I did care about the time.
This is NOT an easy course. It has some HILLS. I don't like running hills and I am not very good at it either. I knew where they were and how bad they were, the last one right after mile 5 is the worst, one of those where you think you are at the top and then ooops a turn and it still goes up...crap.
The weather was PERFECT: 46 degrees at the start, no wind, sun was out.
This time I parked myself near the front to try to escape the walkers and the strollers. That race had a great start, plenty of room no need to stop and go. I wanted to start strong because I knew the hills would slow me down, so I did try to "bank" time a bit. I felt pretty good and first 3 miles went by really fast. First 5k at 29:27. I saw Bill and the kids there. I saw him first and I started waving and yelling his name from far away like a crazy person.
Mile 4 I almost puked but I kept it clean. Right after miles 5, the nasty hill...yikes...I had to walk a little.:( Next year I will prepare better for this one. I wanted to have a strong finish. I knew the course and when we arrived at the last turn I was able to push and pick up the pace a little and have a good finish, that is a rare thing for me because usually I panic when I see the finish line.
So last year at that race my time was 1:11:59. Not good.
One year later my time is 1:03:04. No PR and still not breaking any speed record
Almost 9 minutes improvement on that course, I'll take it.
I have no complains about this race, the volunteers were nice, plenty of water stations along the way, did not stop at any but I appreciated the cheers at each of them. It started right on time with a good start. No medal but that is OK. They had medals for the first 100 males and 100 females and the top 3 finishers.
I like this local race and I will be back next year for sure.
|Talking parrots: Napoleon and Josephine! They were hilarious and the boys loved them!!|
Today I stepped on the scale and I have officially lost 75 lbs.
Like someone said to me "that is a little person!"
Be sure to comeback for my next post for my GIVEAWAY !!!