August 19th I ran Rock 'n' Roll Providence after working the expo the day before for RunningSkirts! I got to the race start with plenty of time and was able to park in one of the State lots with no problem. I headed down the hill to get ready for the race. There were something like 3,500 runners. A significant group, but less than last year. Thankfully there was less rain than last year! In fact the weather was perfect (upper 60s).
|Check out that start line!|
|Once we all got in our corrals we looked like a significant running party!|
I don't know about you all, but I have never run with a pace group and I was starting to wonder if I should try it out! Well there was a 1:45 and a 2:00 pace group and I was somewhere in the middle. I had submitted an estimated finish time of 2:00 so that put me in corral 4. The 2:00 pace group was also in corral 4. So that was the pace group I would be with if I wanted to try it out. The 1:45 pace group was in corral 2 so that was not going to work. Anyway I ran close to the 2 hour pace group through mile 3. I was carrying water and fuel on my belt, so when they slowed down around mile 3 for water I decided to just keep going. I figured that if they caught back up to me I would just fall back in with the group. The result was that I got a great 3 mile warm up and then I headed of at my own pace.
|Finish line medal shot!|
|Happy runner across the finish line!|
|Yes I rocked Rock 'n' Roll Providence|
...and my Running Skirt
...and my Mickey in Training runDisney skirt
...and my race bib
...and...and...and it was fantastic all around!