In the last few months I've gotten slow. I haven't been running far or fast or often, and that definitely showed in my time at the Tulip Run on Saturday. Last year I ran a PR at 42:12 min/mile, getting first place in my age, at 39 (granted the age groups go in 5 year increments for this race). The year before I felt like I was dying in mile 5, but was still faster than this year. In 2014 I won first place for my age as well. In 2013 I didn't run it, and in 2012 was the first year I did it, where I walked with my sister.
This year was slow. 45.31 min/mile slow. I usually find someone to run behind as a pacer. I never really found that person. I was behind a girl with a stroller for awhile, but she slowed down when we went on the muddy trails, and I passed her. When we got back on the pavement, and then the hard packed gravel she passed me and I couldn't keep up. I stayed pretty close to 9 min/mile for most of the run. I was fastest in mile 2, at 8:36 min. Well, here's my splits according to mapmyrun.
Looking at the official results online that night I was 7th for my age, so not even close to a medal (top 3 in 5 year increments). Even if I had run with the same time that I did last year, I still wouldn't have made the top 3, the third fastest female in the 40-44 age group was 41:28, my best time is 42:12. Which makes my slow time seem better somehow. ; )
Even though the weather was not good on Saturday, after the run I decided to plant seeds for my garden. I was thinking that I was getting a head start on them, but looking at old pictures, I'm pretty sure I was a week or two later than last year. The weather has just been so bad it's hard to realize it's already April. Anyway, Maddox has been bugging me for 2 or 3 weeks (whenever we bought the seeds) to plant them, so I decided we should do it. I did it inside, of course, it was way too cold outside.
Sunday was a pretty eventful and busy day, so that will have to be a separate post. =)