hello from beautiful charlottesville! we got in last night at around 8:30 and promptly headed out to bang for some delicious asian tapas. vickie and i had a sweet and silky riesling, which is probably not the best way to hydrate pre-race, but was extremely tasty. after catching up on the essentials, josh and i passed out by 11 pm, enough for 6 hours of sleep before race morning.vickie and me
the 5 am wake up call actually wasn't too painful! i dragged josh out of bed and quickly dressed and headed downtown for packet pickup. everything went very smoothly - i seemed to be one step ahead of the crowds all morning. the only sad part was that our planned coffee destination (mud house) wasn't opened yet -- so we headed to . . . mcDonalds! just like in 2004, i found their coffee to be just okay, but acceptable, and worth it for the caffeine alone!
as you can see, josh greatly enjoyed his mcmuffin!
so yeah, the race! it was a perfect morning in charlottesville -- about 55 degrees, sunny, and clear. i debated whether or not to wear my running jacket (vs. just a short sleeved top) but ended up keeping it on. unfortunately, my number was pinned to the short-sleeve tee, so i'm not sure if i'll be able to see myself in the official race photography, but that's okay. i was a little bit hot by the end, but nothing drastic -- probably because i didn't over-exert myself that much!
see, not looking too tired here.
i am happy to report that i stuck with my plan really ran the course rather than raced it. i focused on moving fluidly, with good form, and without that extra race 'push'. as a result, i felt great all the way through, and ended with a smile rather than a grimace! sadly, my polar was not behaving -- i think i need to change the battery, and/or recalibate, and it was also moving a lot on my shoe, resulting in a falsely inflated race distance of 13.8 miles (and messed up splits!).
my time was 1:52:something, about a minute faster than i ran the same course 4 years ago and about 6 minutes slower than my PR (set in 2007). i am extremely happy with that given that i wasn't racing, didn't really train, and had no taper. more importantly, i enjoyed the experience -- the lovely scenery, camaraderie, and feelings of finishing with some spring left in my step. i would definitely 'non-race' again (and conveniently will be doing so again in 2 weeks).
time to get off of the computer (there's vickie, i think she is blogging right now!). we are headed to some fun shops (including my FAAAAAVORITE stationery store, rock paper scissors) and i am going to look for an orla kiely wallet. and we are maybe going to taste some wine and/or beer and possibly play some game called "settlers of catan" that is apparently very nerdy but fun.
workout: 30 minutes AM yoga + 45 minutes elliptical (levels 9-11)
reading: none. oops.
flossing: yes! and i had to cut my nails rather than bite. whew.