Woo! I was aiming for a 9:45 today and ended up getting pretty close! Plus, I broke the school record by nearly 5 seconds and PRed by 12! Winner of a day, I'd say.
Got bumped up to heat 2 of 4, so I raced later in the day - 4pm or so - so I had all day to get nice and antsy. :) Warmed up outside on the trail and got soaked along with muddied before the race. Still, I stayed warm and had just enough time to do some strides, get my spikes on and get ready to go! Bang, and go. Race went out quick, but I stuck to pace pretty well and (from what I managed to hear of splits) hit a 78 400m, then a 2:36 800m and a 5:14 mile. Started passing up the field as I kept on pace as the race got harder. With 3 laps to go, my splits were slipping a bit and I worked to maintain my pace. Still, I managed to keep it up well enough and even had a couple seconds worth of a kick, though a couple girls on the back stretch boxed me in and "threw off my groove." Bums! Finished, exhausted, and treated myself to a caramel filled Cadbury egg. Mmmmmm.
Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!! Excited to run even faster!