Anyways, ever since Competitor's decision to drop elite athlete support, I decided that I wasn't going to do any of their events. Well, I had signed up for this race back in June on "National Running Day" since it was deeply discounted and Casey wanted to do a 1/2 marathon where we would both compete. And it also gave us an opportunity to visit her parents. So, no more Competitor races for me, but I did go ahead and run this one since I was already signed up.
My week going into the race wasn't the best training wise. I felt a little sluggish and sore from the 10k the previous weekend and my "tune up" workout a few days before the race didn't feel very good. We left for St. Louis on Friday, watched a lot of football and baseball on Saturday, and woke up super early on Sunday for the race. Since there were no "elites" I wasn't sure how close I would be to the front. Maybe a few fast locals show up, maybe no fast guys show up, maybe something I didn't even think about happens??? I knew that I was capable of running right around 1:12-1:15 depending on the day/course/etc.
|Pre Race Pic about 10 minutes before the start.|
I settled into my pace which is always hard to judge for the first 1/2 mile or so. I ran with the 2 leaders until we hit the mile mark at 5:25. I knew it was a little fast, but it felt good so I stuck with them. After 2-3 minutes, one guy dropped back a little and the other started to put a small gap on myself. We all kind of settled into our own paces and that is about how the rest of the race went. 2 miles was right around 10:55 and about 5 seconds behind the leader.
|Cruising through the 5 mile mark.|
I went through the 5 mile mark right around 27:55. The leader had a larger gap now and it was only growing. I held onto my pace and kept it smooth. I went through 8 miles just under 45 minutes and 10 miles at 56:15. My next mile was a little uphill but nothing killer. I ran a 5:50 mile and got a little worried. I thought the wheels were falling off and I still had 2 miles to go. Luckily, the next mile was mostly downhill and I ran a 5:15 mile. I settled back into my pace of between 5:30-5:40 miles and crossed the finish line in 1:13:28. The winner ended up running under 1:11 so I was no where near him and third place crossed the line about 1 minute or so behind me. Considering there was 13,000 people in the race, I didn't expect to finish in the top 3 but was happy regardless.
|Coming Down the Home Stretch.|
I was very happy with the effort and glad it was over. Brad and Kim were right there to get these amazing pictures and hand me my warmer clothes. I jogged back to cheer for Casey as my cooldown. She ran a huge PR and then we had a HUGE Panera breakfast afterwards. We laid around and watched the Lions and Cowboys go back and forth while cheering for our Fantasy football players and napping.
|Sunday evening after attending the World Series Pep Rally.|
|Just a little Superman pose while at a Rest Stop in Illinois on the way home.|