And it was great!
This was my first ever Moose Run, or any race distance of 25k for that matter.
Pre-race meal:Chicken, Sweet potato and Garden Salad. :) I know, I have the appetite of a Titan. ;)
My "I Moose Wake Up" mug just seemed fitting for this morning's pre-run breakfast.
One of the reasons I signed up for this run was the word I'd gotten from marathon friends of mine who used it as a true testament to training for Boston. Sort of like a check in to see how your fitness has conditioned for the Marathon. And boy was this ever a 'good' training run!
Sam and I headed over bright and early so that we could secure one of the spots to get a t-shirt in our size. :D
When we got called to the start area I freaked!!! Like Big Time. I hit 'play' on my iPod and it was Dead. As a doornail. :( whomp whomp.
Sam said "Go to your car and get your phone!!!" I was not convinced this was a great idea, but I did. And it was! It fit perfectly in my side thigh pocket and in the other side pocket I stashed my gels. I'm loving these tights more and more every day. :)
A few hundred runners headed down towards Cow Bay. Bee-u-ti-ful!
The race route had super duper awesome volunteers handing out water along the way. They were doubly awesome since we encountered every type of weather possible: Rain, Sun, Wind, Snow and Hail. Not in that particular order. The rain/snow came quite early on with the hail at 5.5 miles. I had to put keep my sunglasses on so that I would not be blinded by the stuff, lol. Then at about 10 ish miles, the sun came out a-blazing. It was beautiful.
I ran my first two miles too fast. There was a huge downhill at the start so it was easy to quicken the pace without knowing. After I checked in at 2 miles, I held back a bit and ran at a more comfortable relaxed pace.
In the above photos you can see my pockets stashed with Gu and my phone. I was amazed at how daunting some of the hills were. That coupled with a mega head-wind made some miles feel like I was running in reverse, lol.
Check out these cool action shots from Tim Chesnutt!
My body and cardio felt strong today, but I think I'll pay dearly tomorrow for the hills.
|I'm not quite sure what happened at 1 hr 6 min, lol. Actually, never mind. It was a water stop! And I stopped. :)|
I clocked my 25k (15.5.miles) at 2 hrs 3 min and 41 seconds. A new race distance PR. :D
We also got some nice warm coffee, beans, bananas and cookies post race! Great post-race fuel.
Of course we had to get a photo with the Moose.
After we made a quick stop to Starbucks I headed home to ice, heat and foam roll. Now I'm doing some compressing and resting!
Sunday is always super when you visit GGR. Thanks again!
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