But despite a slow, painful race, I remember having so much fun. I loved the energy and working together with other people as a team. It made me excited to actually train for another race and so started my love affair with running :)
And now, five years after that first event, my team won the female team division! This year's teammates are fellow Oiselle birds - Sheila, Kim and Kristine. Our plan was to run two laps at a time (about 900m) throughout the race. This would enable us to run pretty fast, while also minimizing down time between turns on the track.
It turned out to be a pretty good strategy. The race felt like an extended workout - but easier in some ways because there was music and extra long recoveries between repeats! As always, things felt tough around the 7th, 8th and 9th repeats - as it would during a regular workout - but wanting to run well for my teammates and also seeing so many familiar faces around the track helped me through those rough patches.
Photo by David Wiskowski
As we neared the end - we were so ready for the race to be over. Kristine flew so fast during the final lap and we were all so excited to greet her at the finish line. After a few 2nd place finishes and a 4th place finish, I finally had my 1st place finish!
Pace: 6:21 min/mile
Gender Place: 1/XX?
Overall Place: 14/81
The win made the day pretty awesome! But also contributing to the fun was having another Oiselle team race with us. Megan, Allison, Nicole and Annie are all members of The Flock and had their own team at this year's relay. It was a blast seeing these ladies and watching all the Oiselle singlets fly around the track!
And both Oiselle teams have to give a big thank you to Sara, who managed both teams at the event. She kept track of our laps, oversaw the run order, did the chip bracelet exchanges, etc. Basically, she was the true rockstar of the day!
After the race, we celebrated with a delicious feast at Maxie's Southern. A delicious meal to cap off the most wonderful day. I know I'm not the only one thinking we need to do this race again next year!
My questions for you:
- What was your first race? How did it go?
- What makes a race fun for you?
- What song pumps you up pre-race or during a race?
Right now, I'm loving We Are So Alive Tonight (Wild Future).