I did it!
It wasn’t fast and the last hill wasn’t pretty (I walked) but I did it and I won’t lie I’m pretty stinking proud. 6.5 miles at 7 months pregnant.
I ran my leg in 1:17:18
My team mate kicked butt with a time of 51:40
Total time was 2:08:58!
72nd out of 143 teams
I felt great but the hills kicked my butt, they weren’t long but they were steep and there were 3 of them. My actual running pace was faster than my recent long runs, however factoring in water stops that weren’t during my pre-planned walk intervals (so they slowed me down a bit) and walking the last hill (but I ran the 1st 2!) my walking slowed me down to a great average pace of 11:53 per mile which was under my goal of 12:00 per mile so I’m pretty happy.
One of the best parts of my run was meeting my friend Sarah who had Apple at the finish/exchange line. I mostly run for my own pleasure and sanity its true but also for her and my husband. It helps me be the best wife and mother I can be. I have dreamed of having Apple at the finish line since the day we started trying to conceive.
My Bia (GPS) said I ran a bit over the 6.5 miles and I tend to trust it, its always been accurate so those adjusted times were
11:27 per mile.
If your thinking about running this race in the future I say go for it! The atmosphere is great, the first 1/2 of the route (at least this year) was a little boring but I’m not sure there are 13.1 exciting miles through downtown. It gets exciting when it counts, the last 1/2 and is mostly flat or slightly downhill at the end so that is great. Plus the end crosses the beautiful stone arch bridge and the finish is a party in a park! Lots of food options and a great place for the family to meet you!
One word of caution though, this is a July race and even though it starts early (6:30) it has been affected by the heat before. A few years ago they had to change it to a 5 mile run because of the heat. However this was decided and announced 2 days before the race so there was plenty of time to prepare.