|My mom and I in front of one of the old airplanes|
|Way too smug about being so close to Frank Shorter|
So warm! We were off and things spread out fairly quickly. I ran 6:34 for the first mile, which was fine with me. My friend Jen and her dad were both volunteering, so I got to see them each twice throughout the race - and Jen was at the first mile marker. There was a turnaround, and I counted women - I was 6th. That worked for me - the other women were way ahead, and I didn't really think I could make progress to catch anyone else. But I was running my own race. Mile 2 - 6:38. At this point, running on the runway was cool in theory, but hot. I wished there was a second water station so I could dump more water on my head. Oh well. 2.5 miles in, a woman runs up along side of me. I put a couple of yards on her, but she made a decisive pass. At that point, I just wanted to finish. I got to see my friend Jen's dad again. Now, this man was my softball coach in 5th and 6th grade when I was a very timid catcher (I've since stepped away from ball sports). So, I have heard this man cheering "Go Vanessa" for over half of my life. His cheers (and my dad's) helped me bring me in, and I was very pleased to come across the finish line.
20:31 - 6:37 pace
|Go Mom! En route to 29:35 5k PR!|
|Frank and I - he doesn't seem to be too upset. |
He did say when I met him, "You beat me, eh?
We had a really fun day. My mom and I had a great time at the race, and then afterwards we saw the new movie Brave (come on, I'm a medievalist - how could I not?). Very cute, and maybe will spark a new generation of kids to fall in love with medieval history. After that, my dad and I played 9 holes of golf. Let's just say that my athletic talent lies with running - but I did have a couple of good holes.
|Me and my friend Jen|
We started running together in middle school
And tomorrow I'll be back at the airport to fly to California! But today goes down as the Day I Beat Frank Shorter in a road race. I'm sure he's not too bothered about it - I'm sure his two Olympic medals are keeping him happy.