Dam to Dam Race 20k is a point-to-point USA Track & Field certified distance. The start is on Saylorville Dam where runners can see downtown Des Moines on the horizon. The 12.4 mile journey takes runners through Iowa's countryside and Des Moines neighborhoods to the finish at Des Moines Central Library.
I got up at 3am to get ready to drive to Desoto and meet Tree, so we could ride together. I was feeling really good. I had really been pushing the water, because I'm normally not a water drinker. I'm so bad about never drinking enough water and that just kills me at a race not being hydrated enough. I already had my clothes laid out the night before so things would go smoothly.
Got to the park and ride and jumped in the car with Tree. We were getting there early so we could get a good parking spot. This year they changed the route so that was part of the reason we wanted to get downtown early. The Dam to Dam is a 20k they bus you from different location out to the Saylorville Dam, which we call the mile high bridge, it's absolutely beautiful.
|Here what it looked like this morning before the race. What an amazing view|
At 6:30 we made our way to the wooded area to get our last potty break in, than we headed off to the bridge to find our pace marker. Several of the people we new were starting at pace marker 10.
The gun goes off and people start moving forward little by little. Finally we ran over the starting line. Time to get our butts in gear.
Tree has a tendency to go faster at the beginning, I on the other hand like to start a little slower and than pick it up at the end. I let Tree take the lead, but I new after 3-4 miles, I was going to be dying on the last leg of the race. We were wanting to keep our pace around a 9:50- 10:00 pace, that has worked for us in some other long runs.. However the first six mile ended up being in the 9's. The first 6 miles-9.34,9.02,9.07,9.24,9.15,9.35. I was getting pretty tired from keeping that pace which I've never kept before, but I new it would average our time out if we fell below 10's.
Those last 6 miles were really tough for me, I just felt like I was running out of steam. Apparently I was, because here are my last 6 miles-11:17,10:17,10:27,10:34,10.48,10:44. They changed where we finished this year and once we hit the downtown area it seemed like it took forever to get to that darn finish line. Normally, I've got some kick at the end, but this girl had nothing left to kick with.
|Now time to enjoy the festivities|
|Rachelle, Tree and Me|