Totally beat the girl in pink
I kept up with a guy in a green shirt for the all of the uphill and half of the downhill, then passed him as we entered Memory Grove. After that, I kept a girl in a pink shirt in my sights, trying to close the gap. She picked up the pace when the finish line was in sight - so I had to pick up my pace to stay with her - but she went out too soon and I ended up passing her, plus two other people right at the finish. We hung around for just a bit so I could get a snack and some water and coffee, then headed home.
I didn't really have a feeling for how I ran this year. I had hoped to beat last year's time (that's usually my only goal) but my legs had felt so heavy at the beginning that I wasn't sure I'd done it. We had to wait a while for the results to be posted ... but when they were, I was pleasantly surprised:
Race results (and history)
2014: 34:14.58 (crushed last year's time!!!), 10 out of 26 in age group, 174/656 overall
2013: 35:44.40, 7 out of 24 in age group, 243/682 overall
2012: n/a (Thanksgiving in California)
2011: 35:41.33, 249th out of 656 overall
2010: 37:22.76 (course changed due to ice/uphill finish), top half of finishers
2009: 35:53.32, top half of finishers
As you can see, I'm pretty consistent with three finishes within twelve seconds of each other. Beating last year's time by nearly 30 seconds is a big jump tho' - I'm really going to have to train next year! Here's somewhere else that I'm also consistent - the pre-race photos.
This is this year, 2014:
Same hat, same purple fleece, same goofy pose. If nothing much changes, expect to see this again in 2015.