Friday was a beautiful, sunny day, and Sunday was going to be the same. Saturday- not so much. There was a 100% chance of rain all day. The good thing is the temps would be in the 50's. I don't mind rain, I just don't want to be cold!
I met Erin at 6:30 Saturday morning and we headed to the race. It was overcast, but not yet raining.
For at least half of the race it was just a steady drizzle, not real hard. Then I think it was around mile 9, the rain started coming down fast, and it didn't stop. It was crazy!
I was very glad I wore a rain jacket and a hat. I made the mistake of not wearing a hat once during a race in the rain, and I could hardly see because of the makeup in my eyes. Never again!
My absolute favorite part of the race was running through Churchill Downs. I've only seen pictures or watched the derby on tv, I hadn't seen it in person. It was incredible.
|(Obviously not my pic, because the sun is shining.|
I'm sorry, I don't remember where I got it, but thanks to whoever took it!)
Every race I always hope for a PR, which would be 2:24. But I knew if that didn't happen, I wanted to beat my time from last weekend's half, which was 2:37.
I felt so good during the race. No knee pain, no other aches, I just felt great. I was running almost the whole time, which made me so happy. I usually do a lot of walking, especially towards the end, but I could just tell that I was getting stronger and didn't need to walk as often. I was so happy!! Yes, even in the pouring rain, I was having a blast.
I get to the finish line, and see that I beat last weeks time by 4 minutes, it was 2:33. Yay!!!
After the race I got to meet up with my love, Kimberly, again. She ran a full last weekend, a half this weekend, and next weekend she's doing the Flying Pig. She's amazing!!
I felt so good! This was a time I thought, "Ok, I could've ran the full..." Maybe next year. :)
I am SO happy to report that I got no chaffing, no blisters, no nothin'! Just a perfect race, even in the rain.
I also have to give a shout out to the amazing Rennay. She was standing out in the rain cheering us on at mile 8. Seeing a familiar face and hearing my name was just what I needed. Thank you girl!!
Who else ran this weekend?