Sunday, February 7, 2010

Arizona Trail Race - 8 miles

The sun came up right before the race started. Nice.
This is my third time doing this race.
Elaine, Shari and me before the race looking fresh and ready to run on some trails:
Distance: 8 miles
Finish Time: 1:18:59 - I placed 3rd in my age group! And, I shaved over 5 minutes off my time of 1:24:07 at the 2008 race.
Average pace per mile: 9:52 min/mile
2 years ago, my pace was 10:30 min/mile! And, I didn't do a race the day before!
I came in 88th place out of 224 total runners and 21st out of 118 women runners.
Cumulative elevation gain/(loss): 1,124/(1,024) feet. It is a little hilly...
My legs were a little tired from yesterday's race and last week's marathon run. Quads were screaming, but I kept on! They took a lot of pics of us on the course.

The storm rolled in the last mile or so of the race and it starting raining and it got cold! 

I was certainly thinking of the TTR group, who were running up in the Rincons getting snowed on today! You could just see it in these pics:

We received medals at the finish. I also got a really cool tile for my 3rd place age group award!
Here we are after the race, donning our finisher medals and feeling proud that we beat our prior year times! Shari has really become a great friend to me.

And, isn't that what life is about? Connecting to others, sharing our successes, hopes, and dreams. Life is good.

'But if you never try you'll never know, just what you're worth...'
~ Coldplay


Sarah said...

Congrats on the age group award! Looks like fun.

HappyTrails said...

Great job! Glad you are having fun and connecting with dear friends! Have a great week!