I'm happy to report the CrazyLegs 8k race yesterday was a resounding success. I met all the goals I laid out that morning.
1. Be Zen about the weather.
Actually I didn't have to. It sprinkled a tiny bit before and after the race and was a little chilly and windy, but there was nothing to complain about. It was actually a great day for a race.
2. Have fun
Definitely. First, I loved the wave start. There were tons of people in front of me, but they were always moving as fast or faster than I was. Sure I passed people and was passed, but there were no road blocks as there can be in races where people line up wherever they please.
Second, I got to meet up with two fabulous runner/bloggers: Jamie from Running Diva Mom, and Linda from Mom Running from Cancer. You should check out both their blogs to read their race reports. A major shout out to Jamie who smashed her goal time AND is planning a 20 miler today on the treadmill. You might not guess it from her pink Bondi band, but she's pretty hardcore :).
It was fun to have someone to share the afterglow of the race with. Thanks again to Linda for brining a camera and to her son for being the photographer.
I love this one where you can see the stadium bleachers in the background. This was my first time in Camp Randall. 20,000+ people ran or walked in the race plus the spectators made this truly a community-wide event.
3. The time goals
I'm happy to say I met all my time goals. When I stopped my watch, I had 39:01 minutes (just above my A goal of 39 min), but when I checked the race results this morning, my official time was 38:59. YAY! When I checked my time I found out that not only did I meet my time goal, I won first place out of everyone with my last name.
This week is all about recovery and getting ready for my 20k race this Saturday.
Here's the boring recap of the rest of the week:
U- Strength training- dealing with a sore shin
M- 6mi easy in 58:05 (9:41 min/mile)
T- 7mi in 1:03:56 with 5x2min fast (paces for intervals were