April 21, 2012

Statue to Statue 15K results

My Garmin read 1:14:08, avg. pace 7:55. No official times posted yet, but I won first place in my age group (69th overall). First-ever first place, so I was super excited about that! Thank you, small races, for making winning possible for me.

Love the guy in blue behind me. He's crushed that he didn't win first place in women age 30-34.

Random notes: 

1. I saw more Karhus worn at this race than I ever have anywhere else. Looks like Trak Shak is doing a good job spreading the word about their awesomeness. 

2. Got to meet one of my local blog readers!

She is injured so she didn't race, but her husband was second overall. Bam! I love runner families, where everyone shares in the fun. It reminds me of this quote from Once a Runner.
What was the secret, they wanted to know; in a thousand different ways they wanted to know The Secret. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart-rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottoms of his training shoes. The Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials. How could they be expected to understand that?
 Isn't it cool when you can share "the secret" with your family?

3. My sports bra is mostly just a giant pocket. Snacks, cell phones, head phones, gels, whatever -- it all goes in the sports bra.

4. Best song for a giant hill (of which there were several in this race): "Till I Collapse" by Eminem, and if you watch this youtube video, please tell me you also laughed at the censoring of the picture. Now you have to click the link, right?!

5. Tried this before the race today.

I give it 4 out of 5 thumbs up. Tastes decent and doesn't have aspartame. It has sucralose (aka Splenda) instead. And enough caffeine to keep me awake for a week.

What do you think of sucralose? Love it, hate it, could care less?

What/where did you run this weekend? Training, racing, to the grocery store?

Have you ever met your online friends?