I started my watch when I crossed the start line, about 30 seconds after the other people in the race, because there were a lot of walkers to the front of the race. This in itself is disturbing: why does a person line up in front of a pack of jogger strollers if they intend to walk? Another blog post perhaps can examine that... As I was saying, my first 1/4 mile was me pushing through the pack of people. I'm sorry, but a bunch of losers who can't figure out how to get out of the way for a jogger stroller aren't going to stop me from my 33 minute goal. As it turns out, when we rounded the first turn and ditched the walkers, the 5 strollers who were weaving through behind me came up to 'thank me' for muscling through. Of course they all left me behind at that point. I comfort myself with the knowledge that I'm sure they've been running a long time. So, my first 1/2 was way above "pace" because I was power passing. After that, I fell into a rhythm.
It was not an easy race for me. It was hilly and I was really running above pace. At the first mile I was at 9:35, which means I made the novice runner mistake of starting way too fast- again. But I tried to settle in and push through. I all out sprinted the last 1/4 mile. I was pounding for home, partly b/c I was too out of breath to look at my watch and I thought I wasn't going to make the goal. Mostly because two of my neighbors were out there cheering on the corner and I was showing off. I admit, I'm vain. We knew this already.
I finished in 30:30 (on my watch)! My official time will be 30:58, which is certainly respectable. Either way, I SO kicked a**! I'm going to have to aim big for the next one... June 7th. :) It must have been my new skirt that gave me the boost.