The Alaska Run for Women is one of our favorite runs because there is pink EVERYWHERE! After the Twilight 12K, we were ready for this run. It's only 5 miles :) Hannah set her time goal for this race as 45 minutes, which is a very reasonable goal I was hopeful to meet.
We weaved our way close to the starting line as this was not a mat to mat timed race. This means everyone's time starts at the same time even if you are a quarter mile from the start line, which is quite possible in a race with 2000 other women running with you! We were off at 8:45am and had a slower start than usual. Hannah was dragging and I later learned she decided she was not going to eat breakfast. Need food for that running body :) Once we got to the coastal trail, I set our pace at a 9 minute mile so we could stay on track to meet our coarse goal of 45 minutes. Hannah needed some moral support so we ran holding hands for about a mile and a half.
We reached mile 3 at about 27:45, not bad! Mile 3 to 4 was the hardest, but once we got to 4, Hannah got a second wind. She pushed it the last half mile and beat me AGAIN by about 20 seconds. Hannah finished in 45:55, which put her average race pace at 9:11. She made her goal and we were soooo excited! This time was 5 minutes faster than last year, but her age group field was much larger this year. Her time placed her 4th and boy were there some fast runners in her age group. These girls are going to be her competition when she gets into Junior High and High School. Good job girls keep it up!