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Race Recap: Stephen’s Sunrise Pi Mile & A Fun Announcement

Yesterday, October 18, I ran in what is becoming an annual tradition for my family.  Stephen’s Sunrise Pi Mile is a race that always be close to our hearts.  You can go back to my post on this race last year to get the details surrounding the memorial run.  One of my favorite things about this race, besides the cause, is that it takes place during the most beautiful part of the Fall.  The leaves have all changed colors to a glorious yellow, orange, and red and if you get to race check-in early enough, you get to see the sun rise overtop those colors.  This year, this even more of a family event as my Dad, brother, and I all participated with my Mom assuming her now a tradition role of being the First Mile split announcer.  We arrived to the race around 7:30 to get ourselves “sort of” warmed up.  “Sort of” meaning I just wanted to run the entire time until the race because there was about a 15 mph wind that was making my legs oh so cold and grow oh so much leg hair in the process.

This is how I warm up and look dumb.  Why am I on my tip toes?  I guess I am excited to be in a 3 foot radius of my brother.

This is how I warm up and look dumb. Why am I on my tip toes? I guess I am excited to be in a 3 foot radius of my brother.

Obviously I didn't realize I was in this picture.  Proper groin stretch happening.

Obviously I didn’t realize I was in this picture. Proper groin stretch happening.

Shortly after 8 AM, the race started and we were off into that fun 15 mph wind.  I found myself quickly warming up and I tried to stay steady on a course that is definitely challenging with about 5-6 hills that come in quick succession during the 1st and 3rd miles.

The Start

The Start

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The closest I ever got to my Lil Bro during the race.  Obviously I need to do some speedwork.  But the leaves are nice!

The closest I ever got to my Lil Bro during the race. Obviously I need to do some speedwork. But the leaves are nice!

Mile 1 clocked in a solid 7:07.  Faster than I thought I was capable of.  I tried to slow down a bit during the 2nd mile to save some energy for the last hills.  Which worked pretty well as I clicked by Mile 2 at 14:20.

Oh look it's a TRex!!

Oh look it’s a TRex!!

I really didn’t hit the 5k Pain Train until I got to about 2.75 miles.  Then those fun hills started to hurt.  But I came up with a wonderful mantra to push through: This hill is easier than childbirth.  I repeated it over and over in my head like a crazy person.  And it seemed to help get me through.

Lil Bro crossing the line as 3rd Overall Male

Lil Bro crossing the line as 3rd Overall Male

Crossing as 3rd Overall Female with new course PR and new post-pregnancy PR as well

Crossing as 3rd Overall Female with new course PR and new post-pregnancy PR as well

Crossing the line as the fastest TRex in Ohio

Crossing the line as the fastest TRex in Ohio

Final Finish: 22:36 (3.14 miles (it’s a Pi mile!) at 7:11 pace)
3rd OA Female. 1st OA in being Awkward.

Fun fact: 2nd OA (Whitney) and I played High School Soccer together.  JHS Soccer Girls FTW!

Fun fact: 2nd OA (Whitney) and I played High School Soccer together. JHS Soccer Girls FTW!

I know I eluded in my post title that I would be having a fun announcement.  I am so very excited to announce that I have been picked to be an Official Race Ambassador for the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon this year.  I submitted myself on the off chance that I would be selected to promote a race that I absolutely love, and what do you know…I got picked!  I am looking forward to meeting many new and awesome people and blogging about the race, the TOL, and my training as I prepare to run the Half Marathon.

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