I was all excited to tell you about my race and then something a little more exciting happened later in the day!
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On to the race shall we!?
My dad and I arrived at the race right around 8:30. We had about an hour and a half to kill before the race began. We scoped out the course. The race took place in the MDC Reservoir . It was beautiful and it was nice to have a change of scenery and run in the woods/along a lake rather then the street.
The Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon benefits the Blazeman Foundation in its War on ALS. Over the past six years they have raised over $25,000 for the Blazeman Foundation. More information can be found at www.waronals.com .
I actually didn’t know that this race benefits ALS until the race start.
At the start of the race I found a friend that I used to swim with in High School. She is a killer runner and said run with me. I told her I would try but she was a speed demon.
I lost her shortly after the beginning. I knew if I took it out as fast as her I would have been dying by the end.
It took me a while to get into a good rhythm. The course was a slow incline and some of the hills were killer. I haven’t been doing much hill running so the hills got the best of me. Luckily the race was a double loop so the second time around I knew what to expect.
Miles 1 and 2 were rough for me and I didn’t really find that rhythm until mile 3. Once I found it I settled into a steady pace until the last 1/4 mile when I took off to the finish. I love passing someone who has been in front of me the entire time at that final stretch. I am sure they are giving me death stares.
I finished with the time of 50:40 an average mile time of 7:44. I came in 55th overall (out of 490) and I came in 2nd (out of 53) in my age group which is 25-29. I didn’t stay long enough after for awards but my friend who I saw at the beginning came in first in our age group and texted me to tell me she had grabbed my 2nd place prize!
My dad finished with a time of 54:56 and came in 110th overall (out of 490) and came in 5th out of 12 in his age group!
Although I had really wanted to come in under 50 minutes, I would have to say it was a pretty good race. I am looking forward to doing that race next year. And next year I will be prepared for the hills.