The race starts at the (very small) Lewisburg airport and follows beautiful, rolling countryside to the finish line in downtown Lewisburg.
Packet pick-up and registration take place inside the airport.
It went off with a “BANG!”, though, and we all started running.
I had decided, just moments before, that my only goal for this race was to NOT start out too fast.
So, when Kurt quickly pulled ahead, I just let him go.
I passed the “mile 1” marker and looked down at my Garmin. It said I’d traveled .79 miles. Interesting.
I was feeling pretty good. I kept the pace conservative. I didn’t want to repeat the mistakes I’d made at the Charlottesville Ten Miler.
The course is absolutely beautiful. I usually prefer cooler temperatures for running, but the sunny spring weather and beautiful scenery must have been making me giddy. I was actually enjoying the warmth.
I was also enjoying the comfort of running a familiar course. I liked knowing what was coming, and comparing how I was feeling today to how I’d felt in the past at certain points along the course.
With two miles left to go, I was exactly where I wanted to be. I was feeling pretty good, and passing all the people who were struggling because they had started out too fast (I know all too well how they were feeling).
There were two women that I could see in front of me. I passed one, and was closing in on the other one. I picked up the pace for the final mile, but she did too, so I was not able to catch her.
I crossed the finish line happy.
I grabbed a water, posed with Kurt for our post-race photo, and then my parents drove us back to the hotel for a quick shower.
I needed a good cup of coffee, and I also wanted something not sweet to eat before we started eating chocolate, so I went to the Wild Bean. Kurt ran back to the finish line to see if he could catch the awards ceremony. We had both placed at this race in the past, and he’d run a pretty fast time this year.
I was still in line to order when he came in holding up two medals. We had both placed in our age groups!
until we got home and I looked up my finish times from previous years. Of the four years we’ve run this race, I’ve only finished slower once, and that was the year that I was just coming back from an IT band injury.
Even though (in hindsight) I was disappointed in my performance, I actually enjoyed this race in the moment, which is a huge step in the right direction.