Yesterday I said I’d be happy to break 27 minutes in this race. I didn’t account for this.
Cool temps, yes, but that’s only because of the 100% chance of rain. I arrived at the start in Kirkwood a little after 7am and hung out in my car as long as I could.
It actually wasn’t too bad at this point. I walked through some light rain to line up at the start.
Go races always start on time, so at 7:30am, we were off. I dodged people and puddles in the first mile as the rain picked up again. I also saw some lightning, which is normally something that would cause a delay/cancellation, but I guess since we were already running away they couldn’t really stop us. I finished mile 1 in 8:43.
Mile 2 felt harder. Though this course is mostly downhill, there are some uphills.
I took a walk break about 12 minutes in. The muscles on my shins were burning, I guess from the downhills? I just didn’t have the motivation to run. Plus it was absolutely pouring at this point. Everyone was soaked and I gave up dodging puddles and just ran through them. Mile 2 took me 9:46.
I walked a couple more times in the third mile, on stretches like this.
I just wasn’t feeling it today. I kept telling myself that the faster I went, the sooner I could get dry, and that kept me from walking too long. Mile 3 in 10:21.
The finish is in Webster. As I approached I saw some people I recognized from the training team which motivated me to push harder so I could pass them. I could also see the clock just hit 30:00 and knowing I crossed the start a little after 7:30am I pushed harder to break 30 minutes.
I did break 30 minutes though.
Then I got all the free things.
I sat and watched the crowd for a while.
My poor legs were becoming running popsicles. Not a fan of wet feet.
Wet everything actually. It was like I’d taken a shower.
I’d thought about running back to the start but I was so chilly and it was still kind of raining so I decided against it. I caught one of the school bus shuttles back to my car and had a wonderful hot shower when I got home.