It was cold this morning. Only 62 degrees when we were dropped at the start line. I didnt drop my sweatshirt off in the van because it was so cool!! I knew Id have to drop it at the start line. : (
We waited in the portapot line, and heard the first wave leave. We had 15 minutes, only 12 pots, and 300 people. (OK, not quite that many in line) As we were coming out of the pot, we heard the gun sound for the second wave, sprinted the quarter mile to the start, pushed my garmin, and we were off!!
I felt really good the first 6 miles. I was by myself pretty much the whole time, (being slow, and starting late kinda puts you at the tail end!)
During mile one there was a family of four that came up behind me. As they passed me the lady in PINK told the lady in YELLOW to make sure that she doesnt finish behind 'her'. (referring to me). At mile three I came right up behind YELLOW lady, and she heard me, turned around and said, 'oh no, I gotta go, my family will be so disappointed.' She did walk run intervals. Every time I would be about 10 feet behind her, she would turn around, see me and run. I caught her again during mile 5. And she was almost crying. I told her that this was her race, and no matter what her family says, she needs to be proud!!
Mile 7. I caught the YELLOW lady and her dad, and sister. Yellow lady said,
So thankful that I didnt let them get into my head!! I didnt think, Im gonna show them, or get upset!! I wouldve worn myself out!
Mile 10ish my legs were really really hurting! I came to the 11 mile marker and my legs just stopped. I didnt even think stop, they just stopped. And I started to cry, I was so mad!! I wanted so bad to run the whole thing!! I played some mind games, beat myself up, and reminded myself that YOU CANT RUN AND cry at the same time!! I decided to walk mile 11, pull myself together and then run to the end. Thats when I met my angel! I caught her while I was walking. She pulled her headphones off and started talking. We chatted, and I felt so much better. We talked about kids, jobs, work, friends. We ran intervals. and decided when we saw the 13 mile marker we would sprint to the end. It was wonderful to have someone to finish with!! My pace!
They had 7 water stops. So I made the decision to not carry water. (The first time Ive EVER done that) I think I have always carried it as a safety net. BUT, without my water, I wasnt able to carry my phone. I think I
Afterwards we treated ourselves to a TCBY frozen yogurt. Peanut Butter with Reese Peanut Butter cups in it. I ate half of it, and started to feel sick, so I stopped. BUT, the half I had was amazing!!!
AND nonscale victory!! My race shirt is a Large instead of a 2 XL like it would have been 6 months ago!! And according to the website the shirt is made of recycled cotton and plastic bottles. Cool!!