Saturday, September 06, 2014
So I went to bed nice and early the night before the race. I heard the news before going to bed though, thunderstorms on the way, may delay race, may cancel race. What???!!! I just kept thinking it'll be alright, just some rain. Race will go on. I put my ear plugs in just in case and happily went to sleep remembering the sights that I saw during the day. Very relaxed, I ate good and laid my gear out and was ready for this.
Then it happened, thunder and lightening with high winds and downpours! Oh. it'll be done by morning, I thought. Always trying to keep positive. In spite of the storms, I slept very well until about 3AM but I forced myself to just lay there and take the rest like a good runner should.
The rain and wind did not stop. I checked the race website and the race is still on as long as there is no lightening. I started out in the dark and made it to the shuttle bus on time. The ride to the starting line was a chatty bunch, but I was just plain nervous.
The rain let up for awhile and I thought oh good it is over. I felt pretty darn good and just kept telling myself that this is just another long run on a Sunday morning. The race was very well organized with plenty of water stops and cheerleaders along the way. There was lot's of community support and that really helped a lot.
We ran rain free for about 5-6 miles, temps around 70 but very cloudy and windy. I felt really decent and believed I was going to get this done. Then the rain started again and it poured buckets and buckets! The police and volunteers were cheering me on anyway remarking about the rain and I said they call it a challenge so I guess it is! I can do this! Woohoo!
My spirits were high and I initially avoided the puddles but now I just ran right through them. I was so glad that I had a hat to keep my glasses somewhat dry as I kept my head down to shield them better. I was even happier that I left my camera in the car.
I wanted to take photos during the race but that was not happening.
At about mile 16 my knee started to feel a little twinge that I didn't like. (I have a completely torn ACL and a bakers cyst that sometimes swells up) I walked a little figuring I could walk it off. This began my run/walk to the end. My spirits still high I looked at my time and knew that even if I had to walk the rest of the way I could still make it in the 4 hour time limit. I kept pushing the run though cause I wanted to make a certain time and they are not forcing me to get on the bus because I am too slow. At about a half mile left to go I gave myself a good pep-talk and kept saying "there is no pain" "there is no pain". Once I had me convinced, I yelled run like this is the first mile of the day Dee! You can do it! "This is the first mile" Oh the games we play.
I came over the final hill and saw the lake and got such a huge surge of emotions. I had to tell myself to keep it together because no my breathing started getting nuts. Calm down girl. Then I swear that I saw my Dad standing in the finish area looking on. I am going freaking nuts but I am almost there.
Yes! I crossed the finish line and in spite of the rain and the winds I made it in just about the time that I wanted to. 3:47, I was aiming for 3:45.
Most of the early finishers and spectators were gone because of the weather and the band was cancelled. I got my finishers medal and walked around the battlefield for awhile and then went back to shower and rest.
My recovery has been awesome! I expected to be more sore but I really did a lot of what I have read here and other places as far as the training and recovery goes. It obviously works. My asthma was not too much of an issue during the race, I never felt like I endangering myself or being foolish. I used my inhaler as prescribed and felt good except for that one spot near the end when I got super emotional.
All in all, I had a great time with the training and the event. The director did an excellent job. There was plenty of fluids, goo, orange slices, and even ice cubes along the way. I will definitely consider doing this again next year.
I am finally drying out.