Never Say Never
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I went to Austin this past weekend to run the HM. I had every intention of running the half, but when I got there, something just told me I would regret being in Texas and not running the full. It was so weird, like I knew I shouldn't run the full because I had just completed one 3 weeks prior, but something just told me to do it! Well, I ran the full! I told myself I would either have the best race ever, or I would have the worst!
I ran with the 4:15 pace group for 12 miles, and then hit the big hill I didn't have to tell myself to conserve energy, because I had really slowed down. I lost the 4:15 group I never did even try to keep up with them, because at mile 12 I decided I was going to not hurt myself and just finish! The ball of my right foot was screaming at me, and my right knee wasn't very happy either!
At mile 15 I decided to walk to see if that helped my foot. It did, so I came up with the idea to walk 5 minutes and run 5 minutes. This worked until mile 19, then I decided I would run until mile 21. I ran which felt better on my knee. At mile 21 I decided I would have to walk the rest of the way in, my foot was just hurting too bad! When I walked though, my knee acted up, so back to the 5 minutes of running 5 minutes of walking. At mile 22 the 4:30 pace group passed me by! I thought what if I ran with them??? There was nothing left in the tank, I knew I was going to have to do what I could to cross the finish line! At mile 23 the 4:45 pace group passed me! I was walking at the time and I felt the urge to run, I did for a little while and then that was it! Again I told myself I would have to walk the rest of the way in.
Then at mile 24 a wonderful girl ran up to me and said come on it's only 2.2 miles left, lets finish this thing running! After a high five I was off and running (or what I considered to be running anyway!). I ran with this girl until what appeared to be her daughter came and ran beside her. She got me to mile 26.2 running! I really wished I found her after the race to thank her!
My time was 5:14:11! I'm just glad I got across the finish line!