It turned out to be a pretty good evening for racing, the temp. was a little higher then it had been all week; it was somewhere in the high 70's by the time the race started. I live a mile or so from the start of the race so Cubbie and I jogged to the starting line for our warm up. Getting to the race early enough to see the kiddie 1/4 mile run, this race is very much a social event. According to the final tally there were 469 finishers.
I had to make several trips to the bathroom before we started, note to self, lay off of the Gatorade in the afternoon leading upto an evening race.
The horn sounded and we were off! One word for the start of this race. Congested! It was really hard to get into a comfortable stride, it finally opened up half a mile into the course. I didn't feel like I was hitting the 8:00 mile pace I was hoping for, I knew I would find out shortly as the one mile mark approached. 8:22. I was thinking this was okay because it took me about 10-12 seconds to actually get to the starting line and this was a chip timed event. I really fell into a comfortable groove in the second mile, it hurt just enough to let me know I was alive. I saw the 2 mile mark coming could read the timing clock in the 16's. 16:42. Crap, I really need to get moving if I am going to get under 25! I started pushing and began reeling in runners, I was passed by three runners in all of the third mile; I probably passed 10 or 11. As we turned the final corner I could see the finish line about a 1/10th of a mile down the road. All out, don't leave anything in the tank!!! 25:52! I was happy with my time, I had knocked off a few seconds from the 5K run earlier this week. Cubbie hung on for dear life and cruised in right behind me at 26:19, this was good enough for 7th out of 28 in her AG.
Chip time 25:54 (?!?! there was no starting matt, so the chip time started with the gun.)