Another view of the YMCA race. Check out the elevation. Now I know how it feels to be a cockroach trying to get out of the bathtub. Actually, I was toast long before the uphill portion of this race. The first two miles I did in 20:23, a PR for that distance. Thru 9 miles I was on a 12 minute pace. but, after that I was a cockroach in the bathtub and I couldn't do anything but claw my way out.
I Got Grandma'd
I wasn't going to mention this, but I will. MARIA MONTEJANO beat me by 4 minutes. I was on the uphill portion of the run and actually doing a very slow jog when I felt this hand on my side. I thought someone was taking my water bottle. It turned out to be Maria. She put her arm around my arm and jokingly asked for assistance up the hill. I laughed, we talked and she held on as we slowly jogged for a bit longer. Then we separated and a few minutes later she's by my side again and she could tell I wasn't doing well, so she offered to pull me up the hill. Maria finished second in her age group and I was there at the awards to congratulate her. Of course, since she finished second that means I got grandma'd at least twice by women in the 60-64 age group. One of the bright spots of my day was getting to meet Maria.