Monday, August 23, 2010

Mama Goes Masters Virtual Race Report

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.

MCM Mama Virtual Race 003  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.

MCM Mama Virtual Race 001

 

 

What was up with the start time of this race???  I’ll have to talk to the race director about that!

 

MCM Mama Virtual Race 006  I’ve got my bib number on and I’m ready to rock and roll.  The great thing about small races like this one is that you can start way up front.  I sized up the competition and, frankly, there was NONE.

MCM Mama Virtual Race 007  This race was in a part of town I really enjoy – right near my house!  The sun coming up over the creek was so pretty this morning, I had to stop and take a pic.

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!

MCM Mama Virtual Race 010Dammit, the course measured long!  I guess I’ll have a little chat with the race director about that, too.

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!

Happy Birthday Sign

21 comments:

ajh said...

love the video! Maybe you'll get a special prize!

Java Joggers said...

You def should have won best dressed!!! The sparkly headband really pulls it all together :)

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Girl - the video is AWESOME! Too Funny! Great race, great splits. You rocked it! Congrats!

Julie said...

You are so crazy:) I loved this great video! Woo hoo, you came in first too! I wish I could have your pace for my half marathons:) I still have to do my Mama's Masters virtual race report too! Have a great week!

Teamarcia said...

You are a nut! And your action coverage is spectacular! Extra points for the sparkly headband too!

Alma F. said...

Yeah! I loved your post - you totally cracked me up :)
Nice work on your race, you were super speedy! (I did my MCM Mama race today too!)

Anne said...

Absolutely awesome race report!! :) Loved the video and the pics!

Heather said...

Nice, I love the race report! AND the orange skirt. :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Ha ha...that is just awesome! Yay for a speedy PR! Your outfit rocks and is super cute!

Laurie said...

Awesome report... I love your blog!! The video is great, as well as the happy birthday sign. Way to go. :)

MCM Mama said...

Great job! I can't wait to watch the video when I get home (my parents' connection leaves a bit to be desired). You are a speedy, speedy girl!

Rae said...

Great race report and great time!

Becka said...

Love it!!!

gmontalvo13 said...

you look super cute and did awesome!

loved the video!

The Green Girl said...

Awesome race report - you had me cracking up.

And I love that you even had on a bib!

Jon said...

Outstanding post! Your finish line video just absolutely cracked me up!!! You are awesome!

Black Knight said...

You are right to be happy with your time because it is very fast with a good negative split. Nice video and awesome report.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Way to intimidate the other racers - not even in the photo!

Caratunk Girl said...

HA, great video! You are speedy!

64 CLASSIC said...

Great Post... you've got me thinking about number 47 coming up next May!!

Race number, Medal, planning is the key to every event!!

Heather said...

Way to go! I loved the race report and your video!!