Tuesday, August 21, 2012
What a great weekend. Girl's weekend was so much fun. I was probably on my legs more than I should've been but it was worth it. It was a nice desraction from my race. On Friday we just shopped at the mall for almost 12 hours. Needless to say I was tired. On Saturday my cousins came with me to pick up my race package & I took them over to the start/finish area so they could see just how big of an event this was gonna be. Then we went to the outside market & walked around. Around 3ish I dropped them off at there hotel & went & checked into my hotel. I was staying with them for the weekend except for the Saturday night. I figured I'd keep my hotel so that way I'd get to rest & do my morning race day ritual that I seem to have adopted.
Woke up & did the morning ritual..bath, pack, get ready & left at 6:30. I had a small panic attack when I went to drive to the event. The road I was suppose to take was closed down for the race (last year I went the route but because I was sooooo early the road was still open). I finally found my way to the parking area & went in. I walk around & finally sat down to veg out till it was time. I was starting to get a bit ansey & the nerves were just starting to hit when I saw 3 girls walk by & saw something fall. I looked on the ground & it was a folded up $5 bill. I stood up, & said excuse me, walked over to the money & picked it up & when they looked at me, I told them one of them dropped it & handed it to one of the girls. I sat down again & when I looked up I saw a lady sitting there looking at me & she smiled at me. I smiled back & thought 'I'm gonna do alright' with this race & a calmness came over me. Not sure why her smile made me feel that way, but it did.
Now my main goal was to finish in under 2:30. But I really wanted to beat last years time of 2:25:04, so I wore a time braclet for 2:25.
So I lined up with the 2:30 pace bunnies because I figured I'd be able to try for 2:25 but if the 2:30 group caught up with me I'd be able to finish with them and make at least one of my goals. Because we were so crammed in the correl, I made a joke about it being to late to back out now. It made a few people chuckle, which was good. Next thing I know I'm running. I slowly worked my way away from the 2:30 group, but I forced myself to run around 6:26km/minute even though I felt good & like I could go faster. I knew I didn't want a repeat of last year (took off way to fast & paid dearly for it). I also drank water at all the water stops & drank my own at all my walk breaks (10 & 1's). This was one of BIGGEST problems last year..didn't drink enough & I was so dehydrated & sick for 2 days. I also wore a visor to help with the sun. So glad I did becuase it was hot & not a cloud in the sky. When it was possible I also would run in the shady areas, anything to help keep the sun off me.
Last years event I started going downhill fast at 11kms. This year I still felt strong at 11km. I felt really good until 15km. Then I started to feel the heat & like I was slowing down, which I was. I was now at a 6:33km/minute pace. That's okay, I kept telling myself, it's faster then walking & walking is faster than stopping.
At 17kms the 10 minutes running where also getting alittle tougher, but I kept going & would slow my pace to a 6:45km/minute pace & kept repeating my mantra for the race, it's faster then walking & walking is faster than stopping. I also kept reminding myself that it's an easy few kms away, I'm strong, I got this. At this point I'm telling myself anything to keep moving forward & forget about how I'm feeling.
At 19km water station I was feeling it...I drank water, then took a cup & dumped it on my head...I heard someone say that's one way to do it. Then I grabbed a cup & dumped it between my camelback & back...I needed to cool down I was sooo hot & feeling drained.
I knew the end was now closer so after 5 minutes in my set I decided to walk (I needed a break from running & my hips were feeling stiff) I walked for 1 minute & still needed more time so I told myself I could walk for 1 more minute. I looked over & saw the finishing area through the fence & field, I had 15 more seconds of left of walking, I decided not to wait so I started running. I then realized I only have 4 minutes to get to the finish line if I want to make my 2:25 goal. I don't think it's gonna happen, but I can try my best, it's not gonna be easy though.
The 20km sign..WooHoo..my mind said there is no way I'm gonna be able to sprint to the finish line...well somewhere along the way my heart must have talked to my legs cause they took off..then I heard my name over the loud speakers...'and here comes ' my name' finishing strong'!!! I realize, hey that's me & crossed the finish line with a proud 2:24:41 PB!!!
I recieved my medal & walked around a bit. Stood under the mist tent to cool down, stretched alittle, teared up alittle, had brunch & headed back to my cousins hotel. My cousins were at the mall so I went back to the room, had a bath & a 30 minute power nap. I was sooo tired. I felt great after my nap, so I met them at the mall, had lunch & told them about the race & did some more shopping. I was alittle slow, but they understood. They were just happy I was there. They hadn't expected to see me until way later in the afternoon/evening.
Next day I got up & was only alittle stiff. Not bad..way better than last year. Today same thing, alittle stiff, but nothing major. It only feels stiff when I start walking then it loosens up & the legs feel good.
Today I got an email saying the pictures were up. So I went to the site typed in my bib # & it comes back with 'sorry no pitures avalible'...Bummer..No pictures of me on the course or crossing the finish line. Oh well I have the bling & huge smile to show I did it!!