Since I ran the relay the week before, I wasn’t really sure how this race would go. My left knee had been a little sore all week. I think the relay just overdid it a little bit. I taped my knee on Friday night with some KT Tape, and it felt like it made a huge difference!
Saturday morning, I carpooled with a few other people from the Heart of the Valley (HOTV) run club to the race. We actually had a team signed up — you had to have five people from the same club. We got to the race early enough to check in, and get in a warmup jog, plus some dynamic stretches. The race started right on time at 8am!
This was a small race, so everyone’s times started when the gun went off — no chip timers on the bibs. They even had volunteers shouting out times at every mile marker, which was kind of fun.
Mile 2: 7:22
Mile 5: 7:17
Mile 6: 7:09
This was a 3 minute PR — about 25 seconds per mile! And I ended up placing second in my age group! I missed first in my age group by just six seconds!! As a bonus, our team ended up second, and we won some cool sweatshirts with the original Scandia Run logo on them. This was a really fun, flat and fast course. One of the flattest in the area, I’ve heard. Definitely one that I will check out again next year! Another cool feature was that web version race photos (like the one above) could be purchased for just 99 cents! I don’t know about you, but I’m much more likely to buy a photo if they are less than a dollar.
This race made me so much more excited to keep going with future training! Keep an eye out for my next post about what I’m training for this fall!