Something to ponder:
â€˜Twas a BEAUTIFUL morning for a race (and by beautiful, I mean drizzling and chilly â€“ perfect race weather). I ran the Ramblinâ€™ Rose 5 Miler, a womenâ€™s-only event, near Uptown Charlotte. My buddy? Nicole, who agreed to help pace me.
Iâ€™ve got to say â€“ having baby Henry adds a whole other layer to race mornings. Last night, I said a quick prayer to the baby gods to please, please, please let him have a good nightâ€™s sleep, and he did â€“ which was amazing. He only woke me up at 1:30 and then again at 5:50, 20 minutes before my â€˜emergencyâ€™ alarm. We had enough time to play, eat, and get changed before I had to head out the door. When I got into the car, I couldnâ€™t help but feel like I had forgotten something â€“ itâ€™s so strange to do triathlons and then switch to a running race because you need so. much. freaking. stuff for a tri, and all you need for a road race is your sneakers!
I drove over to Nicoleâ€™s and together, we headed to the start. One thing I love about Ramblinâ€™ Rose events: the personalized bibs!
We grabbed our timing chipsâ€¦
And lined up at the starting line.
I viewed todayâ€™s race as a long run for the half marathon that Iâ€™m doing in January, but I wanted to post a good time. Running a practice 5-miler a few weeks ago was really, really good for my confidence â€“ I finished that training run in 50:00 on the nose. So when I stood at todayâ€™s starting line, I knew I was capable of running the entire race without any significant walking breaks and finishing under 10:00/miles. I was hoping for negative splits (running the second half faster than the first) but immediately realized that would be difficult â€“ there were lots of long rolling hills throughout the entire course.
Instead, I just kept an eye on my watch and tried to pace anywhere from 9:15 â€“ 10:00 per mile. Nicole and I chatted the entire time, which was an awesome distraction, and before I knew it, we were coming up on Mile 4.
Mile 4 is when I kind of started to hurt. I wanted it to be over! At Mile 4.6, I told Nicole that I needed to stop talking so we could push it. We really, really picked up the pace and dropped to a 7:00-mile â€“ AKA absolute insanity for me. I canâ€™t believe I held it for so long!
Hello, finish line!
We finished in 48:28 â€“ I was so happy! A full minute and a half better than my training run, which was a much, much easier course. Wahoo.
Ramblin Rose, I like how you roll. Cute servicemen handing out the finisherâ€™s medals? Good move.
Very pretty, right?
After finishing, Nicole and I checked out the freebies. We grabbed Gatorade and stumbled upon a tent with free massage. Um, yes please.
Itâ€™s been a long time since I added a medal to the rack.
Such a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. I was mourning the end of triathlon season, but this race really got me excited to do more road races throughout the autumn and winter. Bring it!