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7.22.2012

Wharf to Wharf 2012 race recap

Wow, what a change in how this race went from 2011 to 2012! 
Matt and I 2011 and 2012 
{he was part of the medical team so he had to run in the same red shirt both years}
Last year I finished the 6 mile race in 50:25 with an 8:25/mile average. I also felt really lonely at this race, since I was by myself, and vowed to convince someone to run with me. Well, I had a lucky break in that Nicole and Matt were running together, and I was even able to convince one of Billy's co-workers that he should run the race with me, even though he isn't really a runner {and I probably scare him, to be honest}. I wasn't lonely at all this race, and I had a ton of fun, felt amazing, and was happy to finish in 58:17. Even though my time was slower, I was incredibly happy with it given the little training I have put into this summer. It was probably my best  run in quite some time with how I felt.
Nicole and Matt, Austin and I all pre-race
Nicole and I pre-race
Matt, Nicole, Austin and I ran together for the first 3 miles, then somehow Austin and I pulled ahead of Matt and Nicole and didn't see them the rest of the race. Apparently they were right behind us for most of it, but with 15,000 people running it's kind of a mess. Austin is a rock climber mostly, but runs occasionally, and had been a little hesitant to agree to running with me, but I am not sure why that was since he was such a rockstar and kicked butt the whole race! He really pushed me to keep going, and we had some great negative splits after warming up the first two miles. This is probably the first race I have had consistent negative splits!
 Austin and I after crossing the finish line, and Nicole and I after the race.

We walked back to the designated pick up spot, got a ride home, then headed out for post-race brunch at this awesome spot called Mollie's Country Cafe. I had an English muffin, egg white and ham sandwich with fried red potatoes and was in food bliss!

9 comments

  1. You go girl - what an achievement!

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  2. Congrats!! Such a huge accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourself.

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  3. I'm tired just reading this! I've never run a full mile in my life. Props to you!

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  4. I realllyyyy need to start running again - but I hate it! Congrats to you, though! :)

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  5. post-race food always tastes sooo much better! well done!

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  6. WOOT WOOT! COngrats! Looks like you guys had a blast :) I love eating after running, best part of the whole thing in my opinion!

    Oh and I have been having problems with my google account, but it let me follow your blog via twitter through your GFC, who knew you could even do that?!

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  7. Congratulations! I just started running again and it is really tough. My endurance is long out the window. Starting over is so hard to do.

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