Despite the crazy cold snap that snuck in overnight, had a great race in the Run the River 10k benefiting Homestretch, an amazing organization helping homeless families get back on their feet.
What are you wearing? Why thanks red carpet fashionistas…it was 40 degrees and breezy…so decided on: 2012 Princess Half Marathon shirt with a long sleeve shirt underneath for warmth, Picasso Pink Sparkle Tech Sparkle Skirt – LOVE those pockets! – AND I wore Capri’s underneath cuz I though my legs might get chilly, Pink Zensah Sleeves – for calf/shin support, but really for warmth…are you sensing a theme here? AND my Brooks Adrenaline! I added my Team #RUN3rd Boston Strong race dedication on my bib… and here is a flat view of the pile the night before…
The race bib change up was easy, I just printed out the things I wanted on there and covered with clear packaging/mailing tape!
This race course if pretty flat well except one hill mid race about 1/10 of a mile up then back down…so pretty easy. Gorgeous road along the Chattahoochee River.
Got there early to get parking and meet my Atlanta Princess Half friends…. all ages, all paces, really supportive group of gals!
|Ramona, Kierstn, Me, Amy and Barbara – Running Royalty – I am like a pink explosion! but was warm|
We chatted about running, races we had done then thought a quick prayer to Mary and her sweet baby couldn’t hurt. I do believe we all had decided to do this race for Personal Record since it was flat.
|All jokes aside, I do love Mary and this statue! Sweet little baby Jesus all snuggled in.|
With that I took off the windbreaker, turned on the Garmin and loaded up the Ipod with RockMyRun.com mixes. Ready to #Run3rd for Boston. Got to the start and walked around for 3 minutes to warm up the legs.
|Ready to #RUN3rd|
Mayor Wood started us off and away we went. I was in the back of the pack since I would be doing my intervals. That first mile I was faster than I like…when I saw it was under 11 minutes, I knew I HAD to slow down a bit or risk walking the end of the race…I mean no shame, but I wanted to finish strong. The crowd thinned out and it was super easy for me to do intervals without having to move to the left to run.
With my dedication, thinking of the events of this past week, I got emotional from the get go. I said some prayers for the victims and injured and for their families as I ran. I found my pacer in the crowd, this woman who was also dedicating her run for Boston. I decided to stick with her and always have her in my sights.
|Yeah, going for PR and taking photos! So beautiful out there.|
|I believe this was the guy in 3rd place, 1 and 2 were too fast for my camera!|
|This was one fast lady! Sorry its blurry, but you know…she was running and I was in a walk interval, never stopped!|
|The River of Run “THE RIVER”. Just lovely!|
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