Oh, and the big deal for me is that the race took place at my high school. Since it was the first time I'd been back there since a short visit in 1997, there was a whole lot of significance to me going there to run a race. High school me would definitely not have run a race of any length.
We arrived at the school about 45 minutes before the race start, and found the 40 or so people from Fleet Feet who were running. I was excited that a large portion of my running group had decided to run. I had drank a bunch of water on the drive down, so I had to go to the bathroom. I looked and saw that the line for the women's room was really, really long. So, I thought I'd go upstairs to another bathroom. I went up to the top of the steps and... walls. The hallway had walls. Why was this notable, you wonder? Well, my high school was an open classroom school, where there were no walls within the departments. The majority of classrooms were surrounded by a minimum of 2-3 other classrooms having class at the same time, with little to no walls and certainly no doors between them. It taught me to tune things out easily more than anything. Anyway, apparently walls have been built.
The ladies room was locked, so I went down the hall to try another. The school created winding, strange corridors instead of the open space, and sadly even covered up the mural that had been a Service Learning project of the class that graduated the year after mine (they were the first service learning class, my class didn't have to do service learning). Sadness!!
|Todd and me after the race|
Then, it was about race start time. The race started behind the school, so we went out behind the cafeteria and started the race.
I started with my friend Beth, and we agreed to do 1:30 and 30 intervals (1:30 of running, 30 seconds of walking). After one mile, though, I totally couldn't hang with Beth. She headed on, and I stayed behind. Todd hung with me, and we headed out around the roads around the school. At the beginning of mile 2, the course took us up a hill for about a quarter mile or so, and I had to walk a little extra since I was already tired from going too fast. I switched it up to 1:15 run and 45 walk, and after a couple of intervals I was back on track and recovered.
I was keeping up a good pace, and even though the course was a bit of rolling hills, I felt pretty good. My friend Jack was on the course coaching the 10K training program (this was their target race), and my friend Chris was out with an air horn as a course official (using said air horn to yell out that Todd was "His hero!!!!" as we were coming up a hill... LOL) It was nice to be running a small race where I knew a whole lot of people. :)
We headed on down the home stretch, and I kept a great pace right up to the end. Official time was 1:07:14, beating my previous PR by SEVEN MINUTES. Hooray! And it felt good doing it at my high school :)
After, we watched the awards, where two fellow Fleet Feet runners won age group awards, and then headed on home. This was a great race, well organized and a nice course. It was a great day for it, too!!
|The whole Fleet Feet Group|