alt title: “lol wut”
I’ll start by saying that I had absolutely no desire to run this race today. I wasn’t bummed out or anything, I just wasn’t in the mood. But I had already signed up for it. And if I didn’t complete it, I might not get my race series jacket at the end of the series. So off I go.
I make the drive out to the race location, realizing that I have no knowledge of the course. The site has no race map, so I have no freakin’ clue how to plan my pace for elevation. I feel hungry so I eat a whole bagel. Someone at the start tells me it’s “rolling hills.” wheeeee. There’s also no actual start line, so all ~250 of us are standing around like “um wtf is goin on” when a guy starts talking without a megaphone and it’s cold and I’m ready to just run the thing already. Apparently he shouts “go” and we’re off.
mile 1: 9:27
Oh whee! The very first thing we do is run uphill. Meh, I’m good at hill surges so I already pick off a few people without giving it too much effort. Slight downhill. I check out my pace; I’m running high 8/low 9 and feeling a little *too* good. Brain still giving no damns. I chuckle to myself at how absurd it would be to PR in a race I had no knowledge of and didn’t care about.
mile 2: 9:25
About 1.25 in I start getting a side cramp. Maybe that full bagel was a bad idea. Shut up and keep running, it’ll go away. Oh look, there are the runners in the lead going the other way. The route must be an out-and-back. Sweet, almost at the turnaround point. Pass a few people downhill and on another uphill surge. Hell yeah, my cramp is gone. What’s my pace? Huh, looks good and I still feel pretty comfortable. Whatevs, just gonna run.
mile 3: 8:58
Alright at this point, might as well just go for it. Can I beat 28? Nah. Maybe I can beat 29, though. We ran downhill on the out earlier, so the end of this will be uphill with a huge downhill at the end. Just surge already. Pick off a few more people; some are walking at the top of the hill. Almost there. Downhill, pass a few more. Where the hell is the finish line going to be? A clock and some cones; there it is. Might as well sprint finish!
I just PRed by 45 seconds in a race I totally did not want to run. Sweet deal, I’ll take it.