Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

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Bluff Point Twilight Trail Race 7.4m

I’ve lived in Connecticut for most of my life, with the exception of my four year jaunt to Arizona, and I’d never been to Bluff Point State Park in Groton until last night.

I will definitely be going back! What a beautiful place!

I arrived about an hour before race time, and was immediately made aware of the temperature difference from the middle of the state to the shoreline. My shorts and t-shirts proved inadequate in keeping me warm. But I had given Jank specific instructions about my outfit, so I was reluctant to alter my appearance.

After wandering around for a bit, I finally crossed paths with Jank. He was exactly as I pictured him, both in appearance and attitude. He was full of warmth, smiles and wit, and we launched into non-stop chatter up until the moment the race started. It was just like meeting up with old friend.

April-Anne was a little late getting to the race (which had me worried, since I know that she can be directionally-challenged when driving to a new place) but she tapped me on the shoulder about 5 minutes before the race started and we breathed a sigh of relief. Jank really captured the unusual ’start’ of the race, so I’ll let you read about it over at his place. Let me make one additional note to his description…there was NO OFFICIAL START LINE, not even a line in the dirt. You can’t make this stuff up.

So off we went together…and fast too! Our first mile was 7:47. In an effort to slow us down, to save some energy for later, I made a comment about ‘Speed Demons’ or ‘Speedy Folks’ or some such thing…which Jank thought I meant sarcastically so he burst forward! I knew April-Anne was watching her pace, and I was uncertain of my stamina for a 7.4 mile race so I held back and worked at keeping the Running Chicks around 8:00-8:30. (It should be noted that April-Anne has said that she could only handle 9:00-9:30 mpm).

The trail was perfect for quicker pacing – it was more like a rail trail than the wooded trails we usually run on up in our ‘neck of the woods.’ And the hills were less steep than we are accustom to, which we didn’t complain about.

We discussed whether or not Jank had brought along his laptop when he scouted out the trail for us, as we would pass an area and realize ‘Oh, there’s the pretty view!; hey, there’s the babyhead!; oh, here’s the granite; and here’s the ballast!’ The amount of detail he was able to recall from the trail was just amazing.

Around the 2.5 mile mark, two young men come up behind me and I hear one of them say ‘Are you the Running Chick with the Orange Hat?’ I smiled, laughed and said ‘Why yes I am!’ Then I asked him how he knew it was ME and not the woman up ahead who also had on an orange hat…and he reminded me that my picture is on the home page. Duh.

It seems that he and his friend were looking for information on the race, having run it last year, and when they ‘googled’ the race, they got my page as the fourth hit. Nice.

I did feel famous. Maybe I can start asking for sponsorships?

And I used these young men to pace with for the remainder of the race, which worked out great. They were entertaining, to say the least.

Occasionally, I would yell back to April-Anne to make sure she was still feeling good – and like the trooper that she is, she always said that she was doing OK. 9:00-9:30 mpm. Yeah, whatever. I knew she could kick it up a notch.

The race flew by, I was having a great time and I felt strong the whole way. I have a feeling that I could have pushed the pace a little more, but more importantly to me, I was having fun.

I kicked it up for the last mile, which I’m pretty sure was a sub 8:00. And I crossed the finish line in 59:58, under an hour by the skin of my teeth. I was thrilled with that time, since my goal was 1:03. We averaged around 8:08 mpm.

I was wiped out for the rest of the night, relaxed and tired all at the same time. And today, I just might try to log a few more miles. The original plan was for 9 miles today, but I’m thinking that 5 miles will be just enough.

Another RBF meeting. Good times.

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