Today was the big day – the Mama Goes Masters 4.0 Mile Virtual Race! I’ve been anticipating this race for several weeks now, so I was definitely feeling the nerves when I woke up. I drank my coffee, checked my email and headed out to the starting line…in front of my house.
Note to self: take pictures like this more often. Trust me, I don’t look this “buxom” from any other angle! My outfit from toes to head: Newtons (of course), orange RunningSkirt, “chesty” tank top, reflective belt, and sparkly orange headband.
What was up with the start time of this race??? I’ll have to talk to the race director about that!
Right off of the starting mats, I felt strong and thought I had a real chance of placing in my AG for this race. Usually, I’m the Queen of 4th Place, but this morning seemed different. Within the first mile, I started pulling away from the competition and just let my legs fly!
Mile 1 was dark and virtually traffic-free - 7:48 pace.
Mile 2 got a little breezy, but nothing too bad. I started seeing some cars on their way to work - 7:42 pace.
Mile 3 was a long stretch on a road I usually avoid because there is no bike lane - 7:45 pace.
Mile 4 was the final push and I still felt strong, so I really opened it up - 7:37 pace.
Here’s a video of me sprinting to the Finish Line (with a really freaky still shot displayed – can that be changed?):
Wooooooo hoooooooo!! Even though it was a guaranteed PR (because I’ve never raced this distance before), I was super happy with my time!
Many thanks to MCM Mama for hosting such a great race – the packet pickup was the smoothest I’ve ever seen, there were no lines at the porta-potties, the aid stations were fully stocked, the volunteers were friendly, and there was an awesome post-race breakfast!