|Acting the part of a "half fanatic"!|
|Niko and I on the bus ride to the race area. I think that was his favorite part!|
|Making sure my shoes are just right!|
|One of the triathlons getting ready to start|
|I was FREEZING!!!|
|The "race course" in words. Not so helpful for me!|
|And we are off! I can't seem to find me here- can you see me?|
I know I am there somewhere!!! I was by that girl in orange...
Mile 1- 8:21 -Went out fast, just running with the group!
Mile 2- 8:47 -Toned it down a bit, settled into a decent pace
Mile 3- 8:52 - Wondering if it is possible to finish under 2 hours again?
Mile 4- 8:29 - Feeling good still, passed the llama's for the first time
Mile 5- 9:36 -Uh oh, feeling dizzy and low energy with an added side cramp. Took gel.
The course was interesting, mostly out along some rural roads. We went up and down one side road twice- there was a llama farm down there so we passed by there 4 times! On my last trip down there I took my second gel- I was a bit worried because I was not quite at 9 miles at that point. I was going to have a rough final mile because I knew I would be needed some energy source but I hadn't brought anything else with me. I was taking electrolytes at the water stations as well so I hoped that would be enough.
Mile 6- 9:26 - just running, happy to be halfway!
Mile 7- 9:15 - the cramp subsided and feeling pretty good here
Mile 8- 9:29 - enjoying the scenery
Mile 9- 10:05 -energy level low again, walk a bit and take second gel. give myself a pep talk.
Mile 10- 9:32 -I tell myself no more walking, just finish the race already!
|Coming into the park just before the trail. I barely remember running on grass!|
|Heading to the finish line|
Mile 12- 9:41 -heading back into the park, say hi to the family, head along the trail
Mile 13- 10:11 -trying to be speedy in my last mile, but having a hard time with the terrain!
|DONE! Notice head to toe spandex girl behind me.|
|Finish line food!|
Finish time- 2:02:07
Average pace- 9:19
Overall place- 55/98
Female place- 30/59
Female/age group place- 7/13
I felt pretty happy with that! I kind of wanted to paint on my shirt that I had run a half marathon 7 days earlier or I would have run faster...but I just kept that to myself. I was completely worn out after that race and my body was in some sort of rebellion- I just wanted to be home and sit on my couch with my feet up and my blankie! Oh, and on the drive home the sky opened up and it absolutely poured down rain- glad that didn't happen while we were running!
|A well earned dinner at Johnny's Dock!|