A Sunday Morning Before 8am

I used to be a morning person. Then I got old. I relish sleeping in on Sundays. But this Sunday started at 4:30 am. I had a 1/2 marathon to run.

I hadn’t trained a ton – in fact, my longest run was a semi-painful 10 miler about three weeks ago. In the past two weeks I think I ran twice. Oops. Not stellar training. But when I hit the pavement on Sunday I felt ridiculously amazing! Have you ever run and felt like you were flying? That’s what my race was like.

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Running always gives me ample time to think. Often on training runs I’m not always aware of my thoughts. But on race day, I was sure to log away some nuggets to share. So here are some of my random race thoughts for you to enjoy.

  • To the girl in my corral before the race, congrats on getting up so early that you had time to professionally style your hair and do your make up. Me? I barely had the energy to brush my teeth before our 6 am start time. I’m sure you will look gorgeous after sweating for two hours.
  • To the girl that was speeding up and weaving through the crowds in mile 1, I had a feeling I’d see you sucking wind at mile 12. Weaving and speeding up to pass people is always a bad strategy.
  • To the ladies cruising along at mile 5, I truly enjoyed listening in on your conversation. You may have noticed I stayed right next to you for a mile to find out how the story of you moving out from your boyfriends place ended. Running is a form of therapy.
  • And at mile 7, kudos to the ladies who were trying to solve the worlds problems. I agree – if we sent our lawmakers out on a run they’d probably think more clearly about what is truly important and good for our nation. Solving the worlds problems one mile at a time.
  • I wish I could say that I say a ton of cute signs – but there actually weren’t many. But for all those parents out there running, I always love seeing the little kids cheering on their mom and dad’s. Absolutely precious!
  • To the city of Aurora – thank you for the grand entrance into your city with fire trucks holding the American flag over the street. Nice touch – especially as we started our early morning trek into the ghetto.
  • And a huge thanks to the fireman at mile 8. Running through the station was fun – and seeing all those cute firemen gave me a nice boost of energy to run faster!
  • To all those silly runners who rely more on their garmins than on the mile markers, it’s really ok if your garmin said 13.17. The course wasn’t too long – it was probably from all that weaving you did (see above).

And whoo-hoo to me! I ran my best time ever.

bib number: 41
age: 31
gender: F
location: Denver, CO
overall place: 1585 out of 3885
division place: 301 out of 868
gender place: 749 out of 2443
time: 2:04:50
pace: 9:32
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