I finished! That’s all I really wanted, but I kinda wanted to try for a sub 2:20. My time was 2:12:02! I kept my pace right around 10 the whole time, something I haven’t always been able to do. I credit the cooler weather for not running out of steam.
Got up at 5:45, took care of the dogs, cup of coffee, carb loaded (English muffin and toast). The weather was breezy and a little mist/drizzle, 52 degrees. Capri tights, tank, and light jacket that I took off and tied around my waist a couple minutes before start time. Black shoes. Left a few minutes before 7 to get downtown while navigating traffic, utility work, and road closures in plenty of time. All worked out well.
It was cold as fuck downtown with the wind, but once I got in the corral with all the other bodies, it was fine. Then once the pistol went off, I was thankful for my light clothes within a couple blocks.
The course went towards Waterfront Park and looped around, then up one of those streets that connect downtown and Phoenix Hill, then down Lexington to Cherokee Park. Yay home turf! The course went around most of the loop, then out and down Cherokee to Grinstead, then toward Cave Hill, down Baxter, down one of those streets to the finish line, a block or so from where we started. Lots of people cheering on the sidelines; Stuart went to watch with the dogs somewhere along the park road, but I think he got there right after I went by.
There was a post-race party right near the finish line, with bourbon tasting and pizza and burgoo (Kentucky stew). I saw some old dance families, so we did some catching up and I had some friendly faces with whom to drink my bourbon. Skipped the pizza and burgoo in favor of a bagel.
2 minute/30 second intervals. I felt good for most of it. A little twingy, but no big deal. Around mile 10, the twinginess became something closer to pain and my right hip was pretty sore when I stopped running. I stretched right away and that helped. We took the dogs for a couple mile walk in the afternoon–slow and easy. Right now, 10 hours later, I’m stiff and sore but not much worse than after my earlier long training runs. I plan to take a nice epsom salt bath and get a good night sleep and anticipate feeling fine in the morning.