Saturday, October 09, 2010
Today was a great day for a race! The weather was cool and comfortable and the scenery was beautiful! We went to Reston Town Center and met at the fountain.
They had a HUGE pumpkin there:
We debated whether to get in the runners wave or the walkers/joggers wave and decided on the latter. Off we went! I tried my best to keep up with Monica and Louisa, but they were too fast for me! I continued on doing intervals of running and walking. There sure were a lot of hills! I joked that I felt too heavy with all the gadgets. My Android phone with my RunKeeper App on one arm, BodyBugg on the other, foot pod on my shoe, Garmin watch on one wrist.
As I went along by myself all of a sudden Mary came up and we stayed together until the end.
Here we are on our way to the finish line!
I went to look for Lisa to get her picture as she came across the finish line. I was standing, camera ready while a lovely voice was singing, "I Will Survive". Then she stopped singing and announced that some very special runners were headed to the finish line. Last but not least, Lisa and Dawn literally danced their way through the finish line with the crowd cheering. It was awesome!
Here we are afterwards-minus a couple people that left before we got pics :-(
I fell far short of my goal time, but I had a blast! I just need more races and practice to get my time up there. to Monica and Louisa for their finish times! You gals ROCK!
This pic leads to a funny story:
We went to breakfast after the race to La Madeline. While sitting there, I had forgotten that my Runkeeper posts automatically to my Facebook when I save my run. I didn't realize what havoc tall buildings do to a cell phone signal. My normally quite accurate RunKeeper had me running 7.8 miles (I did 3.2) in 34 minutes (I did NOT run it this fast) and had me averaging 9.8 mph with a 6 minute mile pace! LOL. Then it posts that I beat my personal best time, duration, distance, elevation (289 feet!), etc. We all were laughing so hard and as congratulations and well dones came through on my FB comments, I wrote that I did so well that I ran the course twice and that the expresso in my morning iced coffee must have really made me strong! Monica said I had a super cape on and Louisa said they tried hard to catch up with me. What a laugh that was considering I could never in my dreams run that fast!! Good thing I had my Garmin on to get an accurate picture!
Afterwards we enjoyed the Octoberfest and some shopping.
Thanks to all of the NOVA team that came! You guys are awesome!