2013 Bellin Run is officially in the books and we rocked it!
|Matt and I before the race|
This morning I woke up with mixed emotions going into this race. Nerves and Excitement were all over the place. It was my last race before I turn 40. I knew that I had been training hard for this but was still not confident that I could reach my goal of 1:10:00. While I waited for Matt and Molly to pick me up, I couldn’t sit still!!
I managed to hit a 5K split of 32:44, which is right in line with my 5K time from last weekend. Knowing that today I was able to hit that benchmark, while pacing myself to make sure I can finish the full 6.2 miles, I am confidant that I will break that 30 minute 5K wall before too long!
Somewhere between miles 4 and 5 I reached that point where I felt like I was hitting the wall. Matt asked me if I needed to walk for a bit and that sounded like a good idea. My mind overpowered by body though and within a block, I was running again. My legs were ready to give up, but my mind was not!
As we approached the area around Astor Park, I thought I heard someone yell my name, but my mind was in the zone… I would find out later that it was Carl, Michelle and Lloyd that were yelling as I ran by. I was focused only on finishing at this point that i wasn’t really paying attention to the yelling crowds. I could tell from the pace times that I was getting from my Runtastic App that I was well on the way to beating my goal time… by how much was yet to be determined.
I still don’t know where it came from, but once we turned the corner heading away from the park, adrenaline kicked in. The last 3+ blocks was a sprint to the finish!
My finish time 1:06:30. Official time per the Race website when we got home, 1:06:59. Well under the 1:10:00 goal that I had set for myself! We headed to get some water from where Molly was volunteering – water good! We stopped to relax for a bit and then it was time to do get up and walk around and made our way around the corner to get our official finish photo’s. Matt headed back to where Molly was working and I was headed to find food! Banana’s, bagels and pretzels were in my future!
When I got back to the finish line, apparently rest time was over. I found Matt helping the finish line crew pass out bottle water to those that were finishing behind us! Can’t keep him sitting still for very long!
Next up: Lazy Lobster 5 Mile run next weekend!