So, I didn't "race" this race, but I did run it with my friends on a beautiful course that hugs the coast for most of the 13.1 miles. The weather was that bone-chilling, raw, November cold (cue my mother shaking her head in disapproval). The waves were really rough and there was a biting wind, but I had my ears covered! Honestly, I might have taken a few steps backward in terms of my health, and I might have had a fever again on the drive home. But the race was pretty! And fun!
And wouldn't you know we had coordinated outfits?
Susan and Suzanne both went for a race race, and the four of us, Christine, Amy, Jen, and I, decided to stick together through the whole thing. Thank goodness I had them with me; they pulled me along for the second half. I needed the love today.
We got lots of great comments about the matching outfits. Many people asked if we were part of a team. I usually said: "Well, sort of!"
One woman yelled to us: "You girls win best dressed of the race!"
Starting line pics:
Susan looking super tough.
On this stretch of the course, the waves were crazy high and were actually spilling up onto the roadway. I don't know if you can tell that the road is wet up ahead of us, but at one point we had to actually hop around crashing waves and people were shouting "watch out!" It was very dramatic. I managed to keep one shoe dry and the other one got hit by a wave. Wooo! Cold ocean water on the toes.
And here we are at the finish:
Susan bringing it in strong. She was gunning for 2:00 and she made it in 2:01. Just awesome.
And now, to start working on the list of 2011 races. Clearly, we're hooked for good.