I emailed the Director and told him the situation, and he said that we were welcome to arrive up to an hour early, he will write down our times, and we can go ahead and start.
At the turnaround I was greeted with some wonderful water and some candy!! YUM!!! I took a break, and chattered, and the kind men asked me about my companion. I told them I left her a mile back, and they, jokingly, were appalled. I turned around and started back, and came upon Amber, and told her Id be happy to stop and wait for her. She said she was walking the rest and insisted I continue on. It was here that the other racers that started at the correct time, started to catch me. I could hear their feet pounding on the gravel behind me. Because this was an out and back, some of those on their way out were coming towards me and giving me the 'evil eye'. I could read their mind, "There's no way shes that far ahead of me'" and I felt bad and wanted to explain that I started early, but I just kept going.
Around mile 8 there was a shirtless male runner (no pictures, Im not that fast with my phone) that passsed me. He smelled so GOOD!! And all I could think about for the next mile is how do you run 8 miles, sweat, and yet smell delicious? It was starting to get pretty hot out there and I was SO glad to see the 12 mile marker. Only one mile to go!! The last 4 miles were so slow!! and 13 was even slower!!
I finished 3.05:20.
I ate some AMAZING watermelon! and walked back to find Amber.
She was in so much pain! Her stomach, her hips, her knees. I felt so bad!!!
Later we talked that, if I wouldve stayed with her, I wouldve had her stop and get a ride out, so it may have been best that I went on. BUT, it was horrible seeing her pain!!
Finished, and ready for a Sprite for Amber and a chocolate milk for me!