First of all, let me just tell you that yes, I had a goal in mind for this race.
Yes, it was a steep goal. Basically I wanted to PR for this race with a hopeful time of sub-22 minutes. This would not only be a PR for racing at this elevation, but a PR in general.
I was ready to tackle to challenge and get that time that I wanted. However, it just didn't happen :(
I think that there were a lot of things that made this goal a bit difficult. Let's start with the fact that I worked a 9 hour shift at work before jetting out of the store in my running clothes at 530 to be at the race by 6.
I got there just in the nick of time and lined up at the start line. A second thing that made my goal a little difficult was that it was HOT! I'm pretty sure it was still in the upper 80s or lower 90s even at 630.
I was hot and tired from the start! My race photographer (the boy) didn't make it until after I had already finished, so I didn't get any of those lovely finishing photos that we all know and love.
I ended up finishing with a time of 24:11 and placed 4th in my age group, 12th female overall. Not quite what I was hoping for, but I guess it just takes more time to work up speed when you are racing at a different elevation then you are used to.
After the race we got to walk around the zoo and check out the animals at night. Oh yeah, and we also got FREE BEER! I'm sensing a theme here...
Of course I had to grab my beer and head over to see my little friends from the last visit to the zoo
There was also a band playing in the zoo while everyone walked around
Not sure whats up with the outfits...but I guess dressing weird is just part of being a musician...
case in point. From fashionbombdaily.
The band also had a captive audience with one of the zoo animals...
Overall, I would say that this was an awesome race. It was fun to get to run at the zoo and it was an awesome turnout. Even though I didn't make my goal time, I still had fun and it just gives me more motivation to try try again!
What should my next race be? Anyone have any races planned that are coming up?