Dirrty Girl met with the race director before the race and was ensured that if I did stray to far away that the homing ray would paralyze me until she caught up.
Mile 1 was covered in a brisk 9:23.
Mile 2 slowed by just 7 seconds to 9:30. Smiling to myself, I was like, oh man, she is gonna do this easily!
Mile 3 was covered in 10 minutes flat. Dirrty Girl commented to another pair of earthlings who passed stating that they would use her as a pacing guide responded with, "You know the tortoise and the hare? I will be the one with the shell."
Passing the 5k in 30:12, I told her that a sub 1 hour was well within her reach. She told me not to talk, because she was having a moment with God. Mile 4: 9:57
Dirrty Girl, in the zone.
The talk with God must have worked because she responded with a 9:31 for mile 5.
Mile 6 included a decent hill, and Dirrty Girl began feeling the effects of her effort with "my stomach hurts" and " i think i am gonna throw up". I told her that she wasn't and it was just a sign that she was working hard.
Crossing the line in 1 hr and 25 seconds, Dirrty Girl established a new PR. Walking back to the car, plans were already being discussed about preparations for the the 1/2 marathon that are a mere 8 weeks away.