|Bob with 3Way Racing|
On Saturday, March 15 Gerard(my hubs:) and I ran the RailRunner 10 miler. I was so excited for this race, it was the first race of the year that almost all of my running buddies was going to be at I have missed them so much this LONG FOREVER ONGOING winter we have had!
I went into this race with a few goals:
*Beat last years time
*With "Luck" finish before or right beside Gerard
*Have an overall pace as close to 9:09 as possible
For once the weather was predicted to be a beautiful morning and it actually was! It was a little cool to start (around 35°) but warmed up quickly as the sun was shining! We all gathered up at the start line and did the "talk" of what we hoped to happen that day. I don't think I ever came right out and told Gerard I was hopeful to beat him but he knew I had it on my mind.
Off we went and way too fast as usual for me. I had said my intention was to start around a 9:30ish pace and get hopefully faster with each mile, about a ½ mile in our buddy Ricky yelled "What happend to that 9:30 pace?" and yep we was way to fast! And as usual I felt comfortable and decided to just keep going with it as long as I could. I stayed side by side with another buddy(Michael Lee) I think we was feeding off each other he would look at the pace and say lets slow it down a little, I would look and say we are still pretty fast maybe we SHOULD slow down some. After about 2 miles in I could no longer hear Gerard and Ricky talking with each other so I felt like I was making a pretty good lead on them.
|Me of course Gerard in white and Ricky in blue|
I was able to stay with Michael for about 4½ miles then I had to start falling back, I took about 5 steps to try and slow down my pace and get a comfy pace again and this was the point when we hit the runway.
|This cracked me up when I saw this LOL!!|
Mile 1- 8:57 Mile 6- 9:11
Mile 2- 8:50 Mile 7- 9:18
Mile 3- 8:55 Mile 8- 9:45
Mile 4- 9:05 Mile 9- 9:59
Mile 5- 9:17 Mile 10- 9:34
Finish Time 1:32:54 which is 3 mins faster than last year and I finished before Gerard(his time 1:33:22) My overall pace was 9:18 so it was fairly close and there is still time to hopefully work on it a little!
All in all I would say it was an Awesome day and an Awesome race held by some pretty Awesome people! After chicken sandwiches from Zaxby's was offered as well as home made banana ice cream my favorite part of the entire race! Thanks Bob and company with 3Way Racing as well as RJ Corman owners for hosting such a great race!
|Gerard at the finish. I didn't like my finish photo so I didn't share it:)|
|Sherry- This chic did AWESOME!|