Saturday, September 29, 2012
The final race of 2012... bittersweet. It wasn't the most organized race, but it was for a good cause. The cause was in support of rescue greyhound dogs. They told us at the start that they didn't get the medals in time, and they had to use left over medals from 2 years ago.. but if we wanted the proper ones we would have to put our names down for new ones.. Yes of course I want the correct medal, thank you!!!!!
The weather was perfect, the route was along the river, the trees were all beautiful in fall colors, it looked so amazing, that part was great. It was wonderful to be able to run with my husband to celebrate our anniversary! They only had 3 water stations for the whole course, thank goodness we had our water belts! But still could have used more. My poor husband was battling a cold for the last few weeks which then turned into bronchitis, so I could hear him hacking and coughing up phlem, several times he urged me to just go and take off, but I wasn't there to run my all time personal best, it was a run to do something we enjoyed, to run for our anniversary... so by his side I stayed... we even took walking breaks which NEVER happens when we run.... oh and of course my watch didn't charge properly so it died, I had no clue what pace we were running at or how long we taking, my guess was 2:11-2:18, but I didn't care... just kept following Eddie's lead, I felt so bad for him, he said he couldn't breathe. I was looking forward to the chocolate milk at the finish line........ We grabbed hands and cross the finish line, I was surprised we finished at 2:06! So I am very proud of that time, my hubby did great considering how he was feeling, and it wasn't about the end time.... AND at the finish line there was no chocolate milk :( They had the finish line at a local landmark diner and provided pop, fries and a burger or hot dog.
This has been a fantastic year of half marathons, being able to run with my husband, together we became half fanatics, achieved personal bests, and have met a lot of nice runners during this time. We ran 7 this year... and I have now completed 15!!! As I write this I am enjoying my post race chocolate milk... and am ready for the rest of the day and weekend with my family!!