So naturally, when I heard there was a ZombieRunner 5 mile Halloween Race, I registered immediately. I found out friend and fellow SF Marathon Ambassador Paulette was volunteering at an aid station and also recruited my other friend Cynthia to run the 5 miler. We all dressed up, because well, it was Halloween after all and headed to the Palo Alto Baylands. Did I mention this was a night race? I love running in the evening time. A natural night owl, I feel like my running is much stronger in the evening verses my morning runs.
|W/ Fellow SFM Ambassador Peter and Cynthia|
|Posing w/ Tony in the diva contest...I meant costume contest!|
|Cynthia, Paulette and I at my new fav spot - The Steak Out!|
UMM ran the 8.5 mile race and I, the 3.5. This course was no joke. Not only is it in elevation, but lot’s of rolling hills. The race for both distances started uphill and ended uphill. Of course I loved powering down the hills surrounded by the beauty of Apple Hill, but man, my lungs were on fire!! By the time I got to the last hill and close to the finish, I was beat. I usually like to go all out at the finish, but I just didn’t have it in me. Seriously, I practically walked across the finish line. I can’t believe I let myself do that! It was not my legs that were holding me back, but my lungs. Phew, did they burn. I crossed the finish line in 27:34 at a 7:53 overall pace. I placed 77th overall out of 898 and 1st in my age group out of 146 thirty something year olds! I was shocked that I placed 1st considering where I placed overall. Yes, there was a lot of little tikes that beat me on that course, but there were also just as many adults. So, with that, I am very proud of my achievement and bonus points - I won an Apple Pie! I normally don’t care for apple pie much, but I have to say this one was delicious!!!
Yes victory is certainly sweet, but apple pie is even sweeter!
|My sweet victory!|
|Showing some love for our favorite race!|