Ahhhhh. So this is how it feels to run a race without heat exhaustion. MUCH better.
1st mile on residential roads with lots of 90 degree turns. 8:12
2nd mile on residential roads--most of it one long stretch. 8:22
3rd mile with a little uphill and a psych-out ending (you head towards the finish line and get all excited, but you have to pass it and do another loop and come back). Partial road, partial grass. 8:53
last .15 in 1:05 (7:27 pace)
This is the first race I've run this year that I haven't had to lay down within 3 minutes of finishing. In fact, I kept my feet under me the whole time. I waited around for about an hour to get the results, and met a lot of fun people. A lot of really good runners on this course! Probably because it was a certified course--and very well organized, imo--chip timing and everything. Several people were trying for the OTQ time in both men's and women's divisions. A couple of Kenyans showed up to win the race by quite a bit. I went and congratulated them--they were both very nice.
I felt really good this whole race. Obviously I was glad when it was over, but I had a much better mental attitude this race. No fear, just excitement. I had really wanted to push the second mile, because it is usually my downfall, and I think I succeeded. I give myself a silver medal for effort with the 26:31. Gold would've been 25:59. Bronze 26:59. Post high school PR by 31 seconds. : )
I set a new Lybi record by NOT getting lost in Phoenix, despite the city's best attempts to derail me with 2 closed freeways along my route. Dah! How'd they know I was coming?
Weekly mileage record at 24 and change. Yea!