last year. I had determined that my body did not get along with the Texas heat. After running a 2:19 in May 2010, I could only pull of a 2:54 in August 2010 at the Hottest Half. (Remember peeps, I'm only comparing with myself... nothing wrong with a 2:54, but it was way off from what I was capable of at that point.)
I had a bone to pick with this race, and I was going to fight it. I was armed with all the right things - way more summer training miles than last year, a lot more time spent in the sun running, plenty of motivating friends along the course, my own fluids (with electrolytes) and an awesome race buddy. The tools were in the tool box, but the plan was still to take it easy and run at an 11ish pace and cross the finish feeling good and strong. With my current PR standing at 2:09, I was hoping to come in anywhere under 2:30 to consider today a win knowing how the heat drains you.
Elaine, Emily, and Denya hopped in the car with me to head down to the race site. Wow, it was more crowded than usual. And immediately time to meander around and say hi to everyone. Pre-race is like a social event for me!
EW, Dana, Me, and Elaine
And to add to the day, 3 of the girls I help coach were racing... the half for Denya (her 3rd), and the 10k for Holly F and Holly C (their 2nd). And yes, we like posing in front of orange porta-potties... who doesn't?
My Racing It Off girls!!! Denya, Me, Holly F, Holly C
Time to head off... so I find the awesome Mary, my race partner for the day, and we head out!
(Thanks Corina for the pic!)