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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Papa John's 10 Miler

I ran this race with my friend Mary Rose, with whom I ran the Anthem 5k this year. I'm not where I was in running before Cameron so going into it I knew I wouldn't finish 10 miles in the time I did the River Run a few years ago. But when I woke up to this on the radar on my phone, I said screw it I'm just going to have fun hanging out with my friend and we will finish when we finish. I had no idea if it would be icy or not and running fast wasn't worth falling on my butt. 


It was SO COLD before the start of the race, even with my additional layers but I knew that I would warm up. I was afraid that I was going to be overdressed once we got going, but I was perfect. Warm, but not melting. The snow picked up and my hair was covered before we even started the race. Snow in April, but climate change doesn't exist, right?


Her dad took a few photos of us running at the start and near the finish. 

We started out pretty strong but within the first mile Mary Rose's knee started hurting so we took it easy alternating running and walking. The race goes around a park that has lots of hills and is really pretty. So we walked up the hills and ran the flats and downhills. It was really pretty going through there. 


Alan's parents live really close to the park and I was concerned that I might have to nurse Cameron somewhere at that point but when I texted Alan he said Cam was fine. Whew! I brought some pumped milk but he's never really taken a bottle before and this was the longest I have been away from him so I wasn't sure how he would do. Thankfully he did great. 

The course is basically an out and back, with the ring road around the park as the turn around. On the way back, somewhere around 7.5-8 miles Mary Rose mentioned that if we could finish in the next 30 minutes we would finish with an average pace of 16:30. Well, we blew that out of the water finishing right around 16 minutes per mile. 


You have to go up and over the bridge to get to the finish and that was the only part that was icy. We started running the downhill and once I realized she wasn't right behind me, I just went for it. I was so close to the finish and was just done with being out there in the cold and I wanted my pizza. So, I finished in 2:39:49. Mary Rose finished about 40 seconds behind me. 


We had a great time chatting about life and it made the miles go by quickly. And she talked me into doing a trail half marathon at the end of the month...the day after my second 10 miler. I think I really am crazy!

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