Thursday, April 7, 2016

Redemption year

The I was on my way to run Charlottesville last year but was injured and turned around before I got to the airport

This year I went knowing I had expectations- not a pr but a strong podium finish. I
My coach was racing too so the pressure was on. I work better with pressure!!!!

Early start at 7 which I love- rainy and cool perfect

The race was a series of unrelenting hills through neighborhoods and a park. Scenic and varied 

Felt very good at mile 8 ran into a mind game slump- used my mantras to get through 

Hills and hills. Started in 6th place knowing the women in front of me would fall back- they did and I took the lead at mile 23

At mile 24 I did not know where to go as it was not marked- ran an extra mile- started to panic but used my mantras  again to get back on track.

Happy with second women. Felt fast and stronger 

What worked
Karhu Fast 5 shoes
Swiftwick 12' socks
Pink and blue LaceLockers
One strawberry apricot Amrita bar for breakfast
2 honey stinger gels
1 pack of Honey stinger gel strawberry bites
OnlyAtoms pink and white singlet

PR racer MA hat- perfect for the rain

On to Eugene OR in 3 weeks