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Flying Pig Half - part 2

Thursday, May 09, 2013

So Sunday we met in the lobby at 5:30. *Yawn*. That’s early! We all made our way down to the start line and found our corrals. Tammy and I were in G, so we hung around and chatted with nearby runners as we waited. The moment of silence for Boston, followed by “Sweet Caroline” and “Dirty Water” made me smile. I felt the love for my city all weekend!

It was almost 20 minutes after the gun went off before we made it to the start. Tammy and I had planned to run with the 2:45 pace group, but that lasted for 2 miles since they took off way fast. Our 2 mile time was under 22 minutes according to my watch. While I couldn’t keep that pace given my less than stellar training this time around, I was feeling great! No right knee pain (which thrilled my PT), my breathing was good, I just felt strong! We crossed over into Kentucky, and I was enjoying looking around at the scenery and spectators.

Right around mile 7 the hills started. That’s also when my left IT Band decided it had had ENOUGH. Now, at this point I was on pace for a personal best, but that dream quickly disappeared as the pain became progressively worse. Uphill was okay, and running felt way better than walking. There were moments I felt great, like when I saw the Boston Shriners Hospital folks and ran over to thank them for being there. Or when I ran though the main straightaway before the marathoners split off and just soaked in the cheering and support that brought tears to my eyes. I’ve never seen this kind of support outside of the Boston Marathon and it was an experience I will never forget.

It was at about mile 10 that I considered quitting. It’s also when it started raining. We came around the corner to a ridiculously steep downhill that I couldn’t possibly run. I considered crawling down it, I was so afraid of falling with my leg hurting like it was. I stopped to stretch and wasn’t sure I could start again. But I did, and just kept telling myself if I could run at a slow pace the pain was manageable. And I was determined to get that medal.
Those last three miles were the worst run of my life. The pain of a beginning runner had nothing on what I was dealing with. I’m sure the photos from the finish are awful because I was just holding on. Seeing Rachel and her hubby at the 12 mile mark gave me just enough to push through that last mile (Thank you SO much, Rachel! You guys being there was incredible!)

I crossed the finish line to see Tammy waiting for me. She gave me a hug and I just collapsed. I was done. I’ve never truly cried at the end of a race, but I was crying then. Enough that she put me in a wheelchair where I sat until I was able to at least stand up.
We wandered slowly for a bit, catching back up with Rachel, but the rain was ice cold and we were both frozen, so we decided to head back to the hotel.

Eventually we all gathered back together, including Mary’s hubby, and found this great bar that made us amazing food and treated us like queens! If you’re ever in Cincinnati definitely check out FB’s!

Monday was the long drive home, sore but enjoying the fact that we completed another race!
Mary, congratulations on your very first race! You rocked it, and I can’t wait to meet up with you again!

Tammy, as always you are amusing as hell. Thanks for being our organizer for these trips!

Shirley, it was awesome to meet you finally! Great race!

Rachel, you can’t imagine what it meant to us to have you come all that way to cheer us on. Having a friendly face there waiting was amazing!

Merle, coordinating all that craziness was a feat! Thank you so much!

Anne & Bob, you guys are awesome. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

Jeri, thanks for seeking me out on race morning! You and Nancy made me smile in your tutus! Too cute!

Mel, I’m so glad we finally got to meet! I don’t think anyone could not smile when around you – you are just a burst of sunshine!

Chris, we missed you. I thought about you all weekend, and hope we can meet up soon!

All the other Sparkers, thanks for an amazing weekend.

And to Tracy, a girl couldn’t ask for a better best friend, running partner, troublemaker, etc. You not only tolerated over a full day in a car with me, you made it fun!

Costa Rica in 9 days!!!
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    I'm slow in catching up on blogs, but I'm thrilled to read about the Flying Pig. Way to go on sticking through the race. I can talk myself out of run if my ear itches, so my hat is off to you.

    Now... when are we going out for a run? or a bike ride?
    1700 days ago
    I am SO sorry you were hurting so badly for so long - and in a cold rain?? You are one tough runner!! Congratulations of finishing - here's hoping the injuries are behind you!! emoticon
    1712 days ago
    Way to go girl! I am SO sorry your IT band hurt like that and great job on getting through that! Elsa and I finished just a bit behind you. I did a lot of walking at first due to the bladder infection. It was an amazingly supportive race crowd wasn't it? Bobby and I so enjoyed meeting you and your crazy crew! I hope we get together again sometime soon. Love spark meet ups!
    1713 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    those were great recaps. how is the IT doing now? i hope it is well and you will be running strong in no time, have a great trip to costa rica
    1713 days ago
    Sarah it was a great weekend and I enjoyed meeting you and everyone else as well. I'm sorry about your IT band and I know the pain that goes with it. I hope you are feeling better now. I can't wait for all of us to meet again and run another race together, maybe in Kentucky just for Tammy!
    1714 days ago
    Wait! We ran in Kentucky??? LOL!!
    1716 days ago
    Sarah ~ Racing with you is a high point for me! The firendshipo we have developed through Spark, BLC and running is one I cherish.
    1716 days ago
    emoticon What an accomplishment. Congrats. Can't wait to read about your Costa Rica trip. Have fun.
    1716 days ago
    Man -- you guys make me want to be a runner!! What a wonderful experience!! Thank you for sharing. I'm so jealous that you got to meet so many of our team mates. The camaraderie is what makes the race so special. I'm so proud of all of you ladies.
    1716 days ago
    Congrats on finishing the race! I hope you have a chance to rest up. It sounds like your IT Band Syndrome is really bad. I had a bout with that myself last summer and it's a BIG reason why I fell off the wagon and am just now getting back on. Fortunately I've been careful about it this time around and I'm hoping it won't flare up again.
    1717 days ago
    emoticon you crossed. I'm planning on doing the Flying Pig next year.

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. It is so cool that you have made these connections with other Sparkers. What a blessing.
    1717 days ago
    wow how inspirational
    1717 days ago
    Yay! You did it! Have fun in Costa Rica!
    1717 days ago
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