This picture at the finish is probably one of my favorites. I always save a little something for a good sprint at the finish of all my races but this one was different. I felt stronger and stronger as the miles went on and I felt better at the finish than I did during the entire race. I was almost sad that it was a 15K and not a half marathon. I never thought I'd see the day when I felt like 9.3 miles was a "short run" for me.
|Ready to run!|
|Off we go!|
It was really foggy on the mountain when we got there around 7:30 and by the time the race started at 8 most of the fog had lifted but you can still see how thick the fog was in the first picture above. Thanks to Allan you also get a nice butt shot of me at the start. You're welcome!
|Yes, the race photographer caught me taking a walk break|
|Such a beautiful shot that race photographers (thank you We Run Huntsville) captured along the course|
|Look at me looking all speedy-I might actually pass for a fast runner in this picture|
|Hooray for a new PR!|
There's something to be said for smaller races and being able to sprint to the finish all by myself hearing people cheer for me was a great feeling and seeing Allan and our friend Matt at the finish was icing on the cake. I set a new PR by 1:59 and next year I'm itching to break 1:45. I ran a strong race but I walked most of the hills to save energy. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I had plenty of energy throughout the race so perhaps I should have gone ahead and run the hills.
**I haven't forgotten about the winner of the Starbucks giftcard. Random.org selected comment #12 which belongs to Sarah at Sweet and Savory by Sarah! Congratulations Sarah! Hope you enjoy your $10 Starbucks gift card. Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get it out in the mail to you today.
Team Tanya Raffle & Virtual Run is going on from now until October 19. Everyone who donates will win a prize! Seriously, everyone who donates is going to win a prize even if I have to go buy more prizes and as always if you don't like any of the prizes up for grabs and you'd rather have Larabars or fuel (GU, Clif shot bloks, Honey Stinger waffles, etc.) or something else I'm happy to buy that.
How do you feel about 15Ks? Do you love or hate the distance?