Saturday morning John and I woke up bright and early to head downtown. The Bolt Run is put on by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The course starts at the Tampa Times Forum and winds through downtown along the bay. We did this run last year. I was determined to beat last year’s time. Last year it was very hot and humid. We were sweating before we took off. This year it was a bit different. The temperature was in the 40s. Brrr! The weather actually worked out to our advantage.
I was shooting for 30:30. I’ve been trying to do a sub 30 but have not hit it in training yet. I didn’t want to be too ambitious so just over 30 would make me very happy. John really wanted 26 flat. In a practice run earlier in the week he was around 26:30. I had joked around about us racing. But let’s face it. He just did a half. He’s way faster than me.
It was finally time to take off. The start is always shaky. There are soo many people. I know every race is like this. I just hate having to weave in and out of people traffic. But it is what it is. Once I found a comfortable spot and stride I fell into rhythm. We hit a half mile just before the bridge. My pace was way faster than I expected. I thought maybe I should slow down so I didn’t run out of steam.
The bridge sucks. It is a draw bridge so it’s all metal. I always watch my steps very carefully so I don’t wipe out. I did gain some momentum on the way back down the bridge. I hit the one mile mark. My Nike app said 8:22. What?! My fastest mile ever! I was feeling fantastic. At this point I was trying to figure out where the water station was located. I freaked a little because I thought I didn’t see one. I can physically do 3 miles without water but it’s helps break it up. Then I spotted it. The stop was right around the 1.5 mile mark.
They were handing out full bottle of Vitamin Water. What a waste. Who has time to chug a whole bottle? I took one sip and gagged. It was way too sweet. I really just wanted water. I tossed the bottle and pushed on. I was in the home stretch now. I was feeling really good the whole time. I had been nursing a sore quad all week. Thankfully it did not give me any problems whatsoever. I felt a little toe pain but that’s normal for me.
The end was nearing! Then it was time for the bridge once again. Talk about sucking the life out of you. It felt like I was crawling up the bridge. My legs just wouldn’t go faster. I did stop to walk for just like 5 seconds on the bridge. It was because I had to burp. I know tmi, gross. For some reason I can’t burp and run at the same time. Finally up and over the bridge and the finish line was in sight.
My app told me we hit 3.1 about 2 or 3 10ths of a mile before the actual finish. I had a couple other people tell me there’s stopped early too. Don’t know if the course was a little off. I just kept pushing my legs as fast as they would go. The end is downhill. I let the momentum take me. I would rather fall down the hill then let up and risk my time. I ran past John (he was already finished and waiting to cheer me on). I then hit the finish line. I knew that I had beat my goal of 30:30. I also knew that I had PR’d!!!!!!
I ran up behind John (he never saw me pass him) and jumped on his back. I did it!! I did it!! I killed my time goal!! I was ecstatic. It felt awesome to finally do what I’ve been trying to do for so long. I’ve done a sub 30 twice before. But it’s been awhile. This race I ran perfect. I never got cramps and I never let my brain get to me. I kept thinking positive thoughts the whole time. Mind over matter. What an awesome race!
I ended up finishing at 29:10. John ended up finishing at 26:03. He was very disappointed that he missed his mark by 3 seconds. I’m still proud of him. 26 anything is pretty freaking good in my book. John was 130 and I was 257 out of 979 participants. Not too shabby! I placed 78/540 females. John placed 106/443 males. All in all an awesome race for the both of us.
Bolt Run 2013 was a success! Mission accomplished :)