This race recap is pretty uneventful.
I ran with friends. We beat the bridge. The weather was perfect (cloudy, but not cold). My knee felt wonky.
But, to go into a little more detail … this is how it all played out two Saturdays ago at the Beat the Bridge 8K.
Bryce kindly drove Joanna and I to Husky Stadium where we met up with Phyllis and Andrew shortly after 7:30 am. Our race was to start at 8:30. Luckily, it wasn’t too crowded yet as we got our bibs from packet pickup. (Yup, none of us had done packet pickup the day before!)
Then, it was just a lot of waiting around.
Phyllis and Andrew did a warm-up but Joanna and I proceeded to just hang around inside the stadium. Maybe a little stretching occurred? I figured the first mile of the race would be my warm up.
We waited until maybe 5-10 minutes until the race start to make our way to the starting line. It was really crowded and because there was a barricade along the start, the only way to “get in line” was through the start line, where all the elite runners stood, or all the way in the back … which, from where we were standing, was nowhere in sight.
We opted to just hover near the start line so that we could squeeze into the crowd once the gun went off. It worked.
While the three of us made no real pact to stick together, we ran together. Joanna was fighting a cold. Phyllis had a wonky-knee thing. You all know my deal.
We waved at Bryce as he stood on an overpass walking bridge, taking our photos — our own personal paparazzi.
At the beginning we were running steadily at 8:10 pace. Not gonna lie. This felt fast and slightly uncomfortable for me. But, I was running with my friends so, oh well!
We made it across the University Bridge, with plenty of time to spare, and continued up a steady incline. We chatted off and on.
Joanna pointed out a young kid, probably around 12 or 13, who kept sprinting and then walking. “He better not beat us!” she said.
I held the same thought but didn’t really care that much.
We rounded our way back to the stadium and spotted Bryce again on the overpass bridge, cheering us on and taking photos. Even though we were outside Husky Stadium, we still had a mile or so, including an out and back, before the finish.
Our pace steadily slowed down. I wasn’t paying much attention to my watch. All I can say is that I didn’t feel too horrible since I had Joanna and Phyllis by my side.
Joanna finished one second before me and Phyllis a few seconds behind me. I don’t even remember my finish time but I think we averaged around 8:30 pace.
How do I feel? Meh — because the knee pain still persists. Glad I got to run with friends though.