If you want to guarantee yourself an extra hot race day, just invite Runner Susan. Because every freaking race I’ve run this year it’s been one billion degrees outside. Okay, so technically it was around 80 degrees by the finish . . . but it felt like one billion.
It was a really packed race and that was a little surprising since I’ve run this race before with half as many people. I guess it’s good that people are getting fit. I meet up with Richie at the start line, we were right behind the 2 hour pace group, and it was my full intention to stay with Richie the whole race, but I was only able to hang with his 9 minute pace for about 4 miles. Then he was history. It didn’t take me long and I settled into a comfortable pace and was able to finish in 2:10:37 (unofficial). UPDATE: Official time: 2:10:34. I’m good with that time; my mind was other places today.
I saw Kevin from 5ks and Cabernets before the race, it was good to see him, he finished in 1:38:59. That’s like super crazy insane fast. Richie took off before I could get a picture – I’m starting to think he’s afraid of my camera.
Oh, and I washed my shoes and they performed as good as new. I figured after my drenching in Chicago, the washing machine was nothing.