Sunday, May 01, 2011

Post Race Recap

Well, I did it.  I finished the race.  I wrote this post yesterday, and then my computer started being a butt head and I wasn't able to finish it before I had to leave for the night.  Now, I am able to update with my official times.
I woke up at 5am.  I got ready.  The nerves kicked in.  I grabbed a cup of coffee and a Fiber One bar - and Peanut and I were on our way.

I wasn't feeling too bad arriving and waiting around for the race to start.  I will say that I started to doubt myself once I got in line.  I decided to stay towards the back, because I didn't want to get in any one's way.  There were so many people - way more than last year.  I'm sure that a lot of that has to do with the weather being much nicer this year.

The race started, and I had to wait for a while before being able to cross the start line.  As soon as I was over it, I started jogging.  I jogged all the way up to the first hill - then speed walked up the hill.  As soon as I was at the top, I took off again.  I kept that up through the entire race...pacing myself comfortably during the flat parts, increasing speed going down hill, and speed walking/ wogging up the hills. 

Once I got almost to the half way mark, I noticed a clock at a church that said 7:51.  That meant that I had ran almost a mile and a half in twenty minutes...not too bad.  I kept a pretty good pace through the second mile.  Once I got to mile 3, I backed off a little...I wanted to conserve energy for a sprint finish.

I started to see the crowds that gather close to the finish line.  My heart started pumping, and I told myself that it was running only till I crossed the finish line.

I came over the last hill and saw the clock - well, part of it... I saw 44.  I panicked.  I had to finish in less than 45 minutes - so I picked up the pace. 

As I grew closer and closer, tears started to well in my eyes.  I knew I was going to make it.  I saw the clock go 44:48, 44:49, 44:50..and then I was there, crossing the line at 44:51.

I sucked the tears back as I took my chip off my shoe to hand to the official standing past the finish line. 

All I could think about was how long it took me to pass the starting line...15 seconds? 30 seconds? Will my time be better than 44:51?

I finally got my official results this morning - and I'm not very happy.  My official time was clocked at 44:52.  It ticks me off a little - because I know that it took several seconds for me to be able to start the race.  I was at the back of the herd - and there were over 600 people!!  I had to wait for a few seconds for the crowd to start to move, I had to walk a little before actually getting across the start line.

So, despite the fact that the "official" clock has me finishing with a time of 44:52...I'm going to say it should be closer to 44:20 AT LEAST!!  Which is a damn good time for me.

The official placements has me ranking 398 out of 436 women.  That's a heck of a lot better than last year - when I came in 3rd from last.  Overall, there were 776 people that competed in the race - and according to times, I placed 716 out of 776.  I am very happy with that.  That means 60 people finished after I did.

Here's a photo comparing me from last year to this year...I was quite amazed with the difference.

Here's me a picture of Peanut and I, post race...

We had such a great time.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect.  I'm now really excited to do it all over again next Friday!!

Tomorrow, I will be blogging about a new challenge hosted by the Sisterhood.  I'm excited about that.  I love the challenges!!  I have gained some weight this week already.  Was NOT happy when I stepped on the scale this morning - and I'm hoping that it's just post race weight gain.... but I'm thinking that a gain of 6lbs in a few days is far fetched for my hopes.  I saw 216lbs when I stepped on the scale this morning, and I almost cried.  I'm not going to let it get me down - and hope that it's just temporary from all of the water and the race.  Fingers crossed.

Till next time. ;)
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  1. Oh I'm soooooooo proud of you. You met your goal! SO GREAT!

  2. Good job Joanna and congratulations on beating that 45 minute mark. The difference in those 2 pictures is remarkable it's always nice to see the difference. I love the picture of you and Peanut after the looked like you both had a great time running together.

  3. Yay!! You did it!! The picture from last year vs. this year is amazing. Keep up the great work!

  4. Holy cow! That's great, Joanna! You definitely can tell a difference between the pictures.. you are looking fabulous! and I'm sure you'll see a difference in the weight in a few days..


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