Why do I love this race besides the fact that it's the second race I ever did? Because I love the community support you get. This is a local race (a neighborhood next to where I grew up and my parents live). The whole neighborhood gets really involved in supporting the runners...they get out their hoses and also many families make their own water stations. Typically on Memorial Day for this race, it's HOT and HUMID! Typically, it rains the night before and is about mid-80's for the race!
This year it was raining when I woke up. And as I was driving to the race, it got increasingly worse! But the temps were only about 50. I thought, "Oh well, maybe rainy and cooler is better than hot and humid!"
I got to the race, walked a couple blocks to the start, hit up the port-a-potties, and waited under a tent like everyone else. I went to this race alone but knew some of the Yankee Runners would be around. I found one before the race and we chatted for a bit.
|Runners waiting under a tent|
Beverly is slightly hilly. And it seemed that we kept running up the hills. I was wondering when our downhill would be! I knew it would come in the last mile or so. I was really hot, wearing a t-shirt and pushed up the sleeves. It was so humid. But I knew I just needed to keep running. Looking at my time, I knew I'd only come in maybe 2 minutes ahead of the PR. Secretly I wanted more. BUT...a PR is a PR. And I finished...with about a 2 minute PR. My new PR time is 57:53, a 9:18 pace. I'll take it.
I also planned on doing a double this day for Ragnar training. About 8 hours later, I headed out for a short 3 mile run in the neighborhood. My legs were tired and my butt muscles were sore! I wanted to die and knew that a good reason for this was the fact that my first run was a race and I won't be racing Ragnar. But all 3 miles got faster so I was pleased with the final outcome.
Lastly, right before my second run of the day, I did a little gardening. I DO NOT have a green thumb so I did the bare minimum!
This weekend is my nephew's graduation from high school and Derek and I are making the trek to Columbus for the weekend. My parent's are flying in so they can get back to the restaurant business faster. Should be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to a little time away!