Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Race Report

So, here is my race report from 2 weekends ago. (I have a lot of catching up to do on this blog...between a vacation and a houseguest, things have been busy here!!)

I ran this race last year and placed 3rd in my age group, which was a complete shock. So...I was looking forward to running it again.

The race was about 45 min away, so I had to be out the door by 7:45...early for this night owl. I got to the race, grabbed my number and did my normal walking warm-up.

I noticed that there were a lot of 20-somethings and 40-somethings, but once again the 30-somethings were lacking in number....so I was hopeful to maybe place again.

I lined up at the starting line and noticed a girl wearing regular workout clothes...not fancy running gear. Normally I root for these girls...I was there not too long ago. I have also gotten my butt kicked by girls in cotton. But...here is the thing...her shorts were white...and short...and see-through and she was obviously wearing a thong!! I couldn't help but notice...I think that everyone noticed, I was determined, then and there, that no matter what my time was, I would not be beaten by thong girl...no way, no how. There was no way she would finish ahead of me and my mom-panties.

The gun went off and I started out fast...too fast! I ran the whole first mile with a 7-year-old about 20 feet in front of me. There was a man running beside me that reminded me of one of my running forum buddies (shout out to Mike!). We were joking about how much it hurt to be behind such a little guy.

I caught up to the little guy around mile 2 and ran that mile with him. I was starting to feel the heat and humidity and struggling to keep up with my target pace of 8:45.

By 2.5 I was hurting...I kept telling myself "Go big or go home". I had passed the little guy and also some girls that looked to be in my age group. I knew that if I slowed down the girls would pass me and kill my chances of a medal. It was an out and back course, so I knew that the girls in front of me looked to be older or younger.

I finished with a time of 27:02 and came in first in my age group...I was psyched! The 7-year-old finished just 4 seconds behind me and 3 girls in my age group finished within a minute of me, so it is a good thing that I maintained my pace at the end.

I came home and put on my medal and my kids were so thrilled with it. It was a great race!

The other good news....thong girl didn't stand a chance. I beat her from the start. :)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah Sarah!! Congrats!

Beth

Heather said...

congrats on the age group win! And way to beat thong girl! Awesome job.

Maby's gamma said...

Again... CONGRATULATIONS SARAH! You are running circles around these young whooper snappers. That'll teach thong girl.

Pam said...

Woo hoo!!! Good for you! I knew thong girl would not finish ahead of you! How has your houseguest been? Having fun? I saw Vicki this week!

Susan said...

That was so funny, I am so glad you beat her! Congratulations! I want to run that pace some day. Suzy

runjen said...

Lol! Congratulations!!

lifestudent said...

That is awesome. Now I admire you because I got beat by a speed-walker in my last race (and she wasnt even NEAR my age group).

Marie' said...

That is awesome. Good for you!

Amber said...

congrats on placing first!

The dressing on my cucumber salad was just something I threw together. Sour cream, a little salt and pepper, some fresh chives, and I think I threw a little garlic powder in there. HaHa. I can almost never replicate something to the "T" because I always just add this and that!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Yeah - that's awesome. I need to start running where you are. My running partner funs a 7:30 mile and doesn't even place. I, however, do not run that fast.

Fit for life Girl said...
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Fit for life Girl said...

Congratulations! I have to tell you, you gave me a good laugh. Your description of the girl in the white shorts..was hilarious! That was actually me! Ha ha..I am kidding! Anyway, very funny! So I have a question for you...have you run a marathon? I am just starting to train for one. I could use some advice..any would be great! Thanks

www.fitforlifegirl.com

SchoolKidRunna23 said...

Well done! And an entertaining read.

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