|Love this one: Running stride for stride|
The last 5 miles are mostly a blur. Every step was so painful. No more distractions, just looking straight ahead and clinging to the pace. I whispered to Charles, "I'm fading, I can barely hang on," but the next mile split was right on. And we pushed through. My quads, hamstring, calves were all on fire and begging me to stop running. All the while I had no idea where I was in the race in comparison to the other athletes. The fog made it difficult to tell, and based on last years times, I assumed I was somewhere in the top 50 women.
|Celebrating my PR while crossing the finish!|
It was only a while later that I got a message from my father that I was 4th. Age group I assumed. Then my best buddy Jeanne, that I was fifth! Fifth?? Overall!, she said. The official results finally were posted, and sure enough, a 5th OA place finish. So a 4 minute PR and my first top 5 finish at this distance! Such an incredible feeling, I'm thrilled to still see dramatic improvements like this in my 30's! I was even mentioned in Colorado Runner Magazine for being the top Colorado female finisher at the race.
Special thanks to Charlotte for putting us up in NOLA! and of course Charles for all his encouragement and support building up to this race, he also carried my visor in his hands from about mile 2 through the finish - you'll see it in his hands in all the pics. And of course to my coach Dan, I can't do any of it without his guidance and the support of all Team Endurance Concepts.