This picture was taken before our race. Left to right: Coach Joel Gordon, Becky Manuel (amazing 3:09 marathoner), Helen Rarick (also amazing 3hr marathoner), Moi (not yet a marathoner) and Chuck Coats...one of the fastest men around for his age. set a new record for US men's something or other..I can't remember....must get the stats on that, but he's FAST!
I was blessed enough to have him pace me for this 10K race:) HOW LUCKY am I right??!!!
Before this race, my last 10K was 4.5 months earlier, right before I hired Joel as my coach. I ran a 47:30 10K (7:39 pace).
I argued with Joel on RAce day b/c he was yelling at me telling me that I could run a sub 7min pace for 6.2 miles and I said I couldn't! I was hoping for 7-7:15 pace.
well...we went out planning to run mile 1 at 7:15 and then try to go down from there but mile 1 was 6:47 and I pretty much held that the whole time. I felt good...it didn't kill me and I finished in 42:30 (6:50 pace). There were some small hills so a flat course hopefully I'd be a bit faster.
I was SHOCKED and excited to see a 5min drop in just 4.5 months of training! I took 3rd place for females (helen finished first in 38 something). It was an awesome day! It feel so freakin' good when you do BETTER than you think you can!!!
I loved having Chuck there to pace me. He told me wonderful things along the way like "you're doing great!", " you're so strong" ..it was awesome, I was a lucky girl that day! I have such a great team and great friends! God has blessed me greatly.
Ready set go!