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i'm a bitch on race day

Posted Sep 27 2009 4:25pm
Yes-my husband will attest to this- I am in fact "a HUGE biotch" on race day. I'm not sure why~ I guess I just like to turn on my game face? As pictured below, I even have a mug to prove it! I absolutely love this mug. When I'm caught up in the early morning stress on race day, I take a sip of coffee and have to laugh when I read this.... Maybe that was his intention in the first place? But since it was a race day, I'll give a quick recap for the Pittsburgh Great Race.... This was my third race for the year, first strictly running race. I think I messed up the order on that one. I guess I should have did a run before an entire triathlon ? Maybe I'll work on that next year?

Anyway, it was a cold-wet-nasty Pittsburgh day. I was drenched before the race even started as I jogged to the start from my apartment only a short mile away. I caught up with my mom and wished her luck as this was also her first race for the year since she avulsed her right hamstrings (which means: tore ALL of them from their boney insertion). I think she did this a week before me lol. Stay away from my family!

I tried to make my way to the front amongst thousands of other already-dripping wet runners. I squeezed in about 8 rows back. My legs were pretty tight and not feeling so hot but I tried to shrug it off. After all, it was only a 5k!! The gun sounded and we were off.

My first mile was a little fast around 5:50. I was feeling pretty good and tried to relax into my pace. My second mile was around 12:40. (slowed down a little but was on pace for the time I wanted to run). The 3 mile split was 19:03 and 5K finish time was 19:44. Not too shabby as my goal was to break 20 minutes :) I ended up 9th overall female and I think 2nd in my age group (minus the overall chicas).

Oh and one more thing: I'm also a BITCH when the steelers lose to the Cincinatti BUNGALS! EWWWWWWWWW!!!! What was that? All I gotta say is the steelers better win next week against san diego because I have 50-yd line tickets! Have a great week everyone and congrats to all who raced this weekend!
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