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Monday, November 9, 2009

Mission Inn 1/2 Marathon

“Begin each day like it was on purpose”-Hitch

The quote above is exactly how I feel each time I start a day with a race! Yesterday morning I was tired, but I knew that I had a purpose to be up and ready to tackle the day!

I almost missed the start because I had to use the bathroom right before the race!  Why OH Why do my nerves get me every time?! As soon as we took off I saw my running buddy Fast Jill and sprinted to catch up to her (I started in the way back).  Here we are climbing our first HILL!


I was so happy to have found her, we chatted a lot and that always helps pass the time. 


For the next 8 miles I was feeling great. I kept looking down at my Garmin to check on our pace and we were running a steady 7:30mile. I didn’t plan on beating any type of PR, because I was treated this like a training run. Getting in the miles in, but not killing myself. At mile 10 I was getting pretty antsy and decided to sprint in my last 5k. My body was feeling good, I had taken one Hammer Gel at mile 7 and could feel this was the time to pick it up. I always tell myself, “Only 12 laps around the track…only 10 laps around the track…one more lap around the track”.

When I turned the corner at the last mile my race was not against everyone but against the person in front of me. Once I passed that person, the next person in front of me was my race!!! I passed 6 people on the way in, and it felt great!!


Garmin Stats: 
Distance: 13.09 
Time: 1:39:12
Mile 1 7:24
Mile 2 7:56
Mile 3 8:02
Mile 4 7:23
Mile 5 8:04
Mile 6 7:48
Mile 7 7:47
Mile 8 7:40
Mile 9 7:46
Mile 10 7:37
Mile 11 7:31
Mile 12 6:53
Mile 13 7:10
Mile 13.09 5:41
Race Results: 
Overall 92/500
Age Division: 8th
Overall Girl: 16
Average Pace: 7:39 

Overall I was very pleased with my time and finish :). For just being a training run I thought I did pretty well. I didn’t beat my overall half PR, but I set a new PR for this course. I only have three more weeks until my Marathon, and two more long runs!!

When I woke up this morning I was a little sore, but I think movement and stretching will cure that. My Sciatic is ok, no pain throughout the WHOLE RACE!

I am making an appointment with the Chiropractor today, so I will keep you all updated.



Anna Banana said...

Great job! I have a half coming in a few weeks hope I can post up an awesome time like this!

Anonymous said...


No Longer Using said...

WOW bobbi!! love the pics and WHAT A STRONG FINISH. 6:53 in that last 5k... you rock!!!!!!!1

Anonymous said...

Dayyyuummmmm woman, your splits were awesome! Nice job!! You're definitely an inspiration.
Have a beautiful day!

Nicci said...

Great run Bobbi! Can't wait to see more pics.

Lindsay said...


Aron said...

I think we should start calling you "Fast Bobbi" - you are speeeeedy!! Great job!

Food Makes Fun Fuel said...

Kudos! Awesome job!

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh girl, you amaze me! Really, you are the fastest runner I know! ;) Congrats on such a terrific race. I am so proud of you as always! ;)

Niki said...

Great race girl!! You are super speedy!

Diana said...

Good job! :)
Hope you're having a great monday!

Kelly said...

Wow, you ran some of those miles faster than I can run 1 mile haha! Amazing! Great job :)

Anonymous said...

great race! you are soooo fast! :)

Fattie Fatterton said...

Wow, great times!! Congrats!!

Jules said...

Great job! I wish I could run that pace for a training run! You are going to rock your marathon :)

monicac2 said...

Wow, great job in the race!! You really rocked it!

Triple Threat Ladies said...

Great job Bobbi! You are going to do awesome at your marathon!

Anna said...

Great job! Congrats, that time is really fabulous, especially that last mile! I get nervous before I race too, and usually have to wait in a VERY long bathroom line before hand, but that's awesome that the delayed start didn't shake you. (I just had a similar incident on Saturday) Best of luck to you in your Marathon, you run like that, you'll be Boston bound for sure :)

Jeri said...

great job Bobbi! I wish I could post a time like that as a "training run" race. :p Cute outfit too, of course!! :)

Unknown said...

You're freaking SPEEDY!!! Congrats - looks like you had an awesome time!

Megan said...

Wow you are fast!!!

Wendy said...

GREAT race, speedy lady!! I think it's funny that you got "antsy" at mile 10, that's where I'm just about ready to DIE!

Angie Eats Peace said...

You did amazing! Congrats!

Lindsey @ EatReadRun said...

Great run and great pics! I would kill for those times... and a Garmin! Haha. Something for me to strive for.

Anonymous said...

That was a fast performance in my book! Congratulations!