We didn't really have a plan heading into the race, we just decided to go by feel. Craig (the unc) had been sick for the last two weeks and was just getting over it so I followed his lead. When we got to the course (about a 30 min drive) it was freezing cold and the sky was promising rain. I was hoping it would hold off for us, and with the exception of a light 5 minute sprinkle, we were dry from rain the entire time. I specify rain because I tend to get pretty sweaty when I run.
Because we were taking our time we left the starting chute dead last. A first for me and my competitive nature. We quickly settled into a 6-6:30 km pace, which is a nice easy jog. I was feeling great and Craig was doing a-okay as well. I decided to pick it up a bit here and there to weave around some people and find us some space in the crowd and Craig followed me. Eventually we settled in behind a group of three girls. We stayed behind them the majority of the race, and it KILLED me. If I was alone, I would have passed them early on. They may have passed me back, but whatevs.
But the highlight of the course was probably the smell. Yes, you read that right. Farmland = poop. And boy did it ever smell like it. There were some gorgeous houses atop the hill that looked over the farmland, and it just so happened to smell the worst there, I really hope those homeowners got a deal on their houses because I doubt they spend much time in their yards. Yikes! Oh and there was the part at about the 6km mark where Craig did a little dry heaving. He says it was because he was sick, I think it's because he realized how much better I am.
Overall the run was good, not the best or most scenic course but who doesn't love some free tofu stir fry and all you can eat cookies at the end next to a fire pit? Oh and I got a sweet medal and long sleeved tech-tee (it only cost me $60).
Now for the stats:
Overall place: 207
Division F20-29: 28/41