Todays race was a marathon or marathon relay. First leg was 6 miles, second was 7, and I did the remainder. I did the last leg, so I waited in my warm van while the other two ran. IT WAS COLD AND WINDY!!!! They said last year it was so warm that the runners were having trouble with the heat. NOT TODAY!! It may have been 44 degrees but it felt like 35, and there was 25 MPH winds.
I saw a lot of this today. EMPTY trail. I was near the back of the pack when I started. Empty!! and no crowd support. DUH we were on a trail!!! I ran the first two miles and then my legs froze up. They hurt. I walked, and then tried to run, but I kept tripping. My legs wouldn't lift off the ground! So I started power walking. Every time I tried to run, I made it about a minute, and then Id have to walk. AND my lungs were on fire. I havent run outside in the cold since last winter, and my lungs new it!!! I wanted to lay down and throw a temper tantrum!! Or just stop!! But, I was on a team, and I WAS NOT going to let them down!!
I met this amazing lady at mile 16. She was running her first ever marathon, and she just gave birth 8 months ago. She said her motivation was that her family was waiting at mile 18. At 17 they popped out from behind a tree. The little girl went running to her, and grabbed her hand and said, come on mom!! And they would run a few steps and then walk. Brought tears to my eyes. As I was passing her, the little girl kept saying, You can do it, Youre doing great, Finish strong. She passed me at mile 26 and I didnt see her again until the end. She totally rocked her first marathon!!
I cant believe I was smiling. I was cold and sore and stiff and just wanted to crawl into bed!!!
Milk at the end!! YES PLEASE!!!
Stopped at Eat N Park for food. I had the Waffle, and hubby the Banana French Toast. (Spectating is hard work!! Especially on a cold day!! This is his second half marathon, and Im so glad he was there to help cheer, and help transport the teammates to the different transition spots. I started off with a VERY HOT cup of hot chocolate!!!
Nice shirt! and a nice medal considering the cost of the race was only 26.20!!
I was very disappointed with my time!! I wasnt able to get the satellite when I first started, so this about half mile short.