Our group got up early for a slow 3 mile shakeout run around Watercolor & I was so happy we had a big group representing Nashville & the BBC!
And then we were off! My friend Jenn paced me the entire way (she also helped lead me to a PR in December at St. Jude). She's so talented & so great at pacing. We were very consistent the entire way hitting about 8:35-8:38 for the first few miles, then about 8:30-8:35 in the middle (we did have one 8:20 going downhill), and then around mile 10 we picked it up to about 8:15, then slowed to about 8:20, then around 8:10 at the very end. The race is a very nice out & back, so it was so great to see all of my friends ahead of me & that were behind me because we could all cheer each other on. It's flat until about mile 4 & then you have gentle rolling hills until you turn around & come back around mile 10. The last 3 are flat & a straight shot back to the main square. On the way back, the sun is facing you, so it gets warmer, I think it got up to around 55ish. At the end you get a very nice Vera Bradley bag, I chose pink & Seth got blue (ha!). Overall, I felt really good during the race until about mile 10. I struggled a bit from then on, picking it up between 10-11, then slowing down between 11-12, then picking it up again at 12 until the end. I was pretty emotional at the end from fatigue & happiness! This was my goal race for the spring and I took off about 4 1/2 minutes from St. Jude in December! I'm so grateful to my friend Jenn & my friend Roy (who also ran with us until about mile 9). They were amazing motivators & are such strong runners that I was blessed enough they didn't care about PR'ing themselves & were gracious enough to pace me!
I love these pics, they make my heart so happy! Thank you again Jenn!
We all showered & then it was TIME TO EAT!!! We drove to Rosemary Beach to grab drinks and food. I had their grouper sandwich, fries, & a nice cold glass of sauvignon blanc! (I had also eaten right after the race, coffee & an egg, bacon, & cheese english muffin sandwich). We then did some shopping & walked over to see the beach there. It was stunning!
I hope you ALL had a great weekend & great races if you were racing!
I want to give a shout out to my girl, Heather Kralj, who ran the Tokyo World Marathon & PR'd with a 3:19!!! Also, to my friend's Christi Beth who placed 2nd in her age group with a 1:36 and Bob who placed 3rd in his age group! My other friend Jen PR'd w/ a 1:39, down from 1:42. So happy for all of these fasties!!
Now it's off to Siesta Key, FL for the rest of the week!!