I hate the night before a big even, I never sleep! I didn't fall asleep until after 1 AM and had to be up by 4:45 AM. I did wake up though, so that was a good thing. I had my coffee, a quick shower, breakfast and then we headed to the drop off zone for the race.
We got there and the first thing I did was use the porta pottie. I hate those things, but I'm a nervous peerer (how do you even spell that?). Once that was done, we found two of my husband's friends who were running and picked up some of their personal items for my husband to hold for them. Hubby, had surgery recently on his shoulder, so he was not participating!
We went to my corral, which was 17, and waited for the race to start. It took about 27 minutes after the official start time for my corral to get the start line, during which I visited the porta pottie again. It was awesome though. The music was playing and there were a lot of spectators. I was concerned I would get ran over, since I was walking, but that was not a problem. Most of the people in my group were walking too.
I walked the first 3 miles. Then I started allowing myself to run for three minutes every 15 minutes. I was worried about time, because you have to finish in under 4 hours. I'm really glad I made the decision to add some running to my walking, because my last long walk my legs started to cramp pretty bad and the running delayed that. I also took the time to stop and stretch if I felt anything start to cramp up. It worked, because I made it through with no problems.
I finished with a 3:17:17. Which turns out to be a 15:03 pace.
This picture is of me getting ready to cross the finish line.
I really enjoyed the bands that played and the cheering groups that were out there. I have to be honest though, I think my favorite thing was the few guys who put bowls of ice and water for us to grab from. It was such a huge pick me up!
I also ate gue for the first time. I was going to pass on it, but I was feeling tired and figured I might as well give it a try (this was around the 8 or 9 mile mark). Wow, did it help for the last part of the course. I'm definitely going to use those again during my next half marathon.
My favorite part about these events is the people who show up to them. You have super fit people and you have people just beginning their fitness journey. You have all different shapes and sizes out there. You also have all different ages too. I will say this...I want to be the grandma or grandpa still out there pushing along!!! They make me smile, they make me want to be them!!
Edit - I found out just a little while ago that a runner died today. He was somewhere near the mile marker. They were doing CPR at the event and he died at the hospital..