The view off the bridge was absolutely breathtaking. I could look both ways up the river and see for miles. The sun was slowly rising in the east, the direction we ran in the first half of the race. I could see lots of geese swimming in the water. There were few boats in the water. There is a dam a few miles south of the bridge, so the current is quite strong in the area. The water’s edge was iced lined. The bridge was closed to traffic, so we had the whole thing to run. By the time I reached mile one at around eleven minutes, I was being passed by runners on their way back. Once I reached the end of the bridge, the turnaround was at a little tiny park. It was just a small loop and back to the bridge we ran.
One thing I really liked about the organization of this race was the every tenth of a mile, there was a large brightly colored flag. These flags really helped me plan my run/walk ratio. I was more tired on the return run that I was on the first half, but my time stay steady. I was running at about twelve minutes a mile—that is until I got to the last quarter mile. Once I got off the bridge, the last quarter mile was straight up! I was paying for the nice downhill beginning. I have never run up a hill like that. It was as steep as running up stairs. This really slowed down my pace and killed my PR. When I hit mile three, the clock read 36:40. My PR on a 5k is 38:12. With almost a minute and a half, I was close enough to touch a new PR. I started up the hill, but quickly lost steam. I crossed the finish line with a time of 39:02. According to my RunKeeper, my pace for the last tenth of a mile was 15:42.
There was a nice lady waiting at the finish to hand the runners a bottle of water. I was feeling warm and sweaty, so I unzipped my jacket and waited for my friends to finish. Bad idea! As my body slowed down, my temperature dropped quickly. I was still sweaty, so I got cold really fast. I learned to welcome the warmth when running in the cold. One thing I really like about this race was that the fastest runners were not the ones to win all the prizes. This race gave out about 20 door prizes, ranging from $100 cash to gift cards to local restaurants. I like this idea because most of us are never going to be elite runners. It was nice to have the chance to win a prize anyway. Over all, this race was a great experience. It is on my list of must do races next year.
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