Coming into today I set goals. The first is to run the entire thing, and I did that. Second was a time goal. First I set that at 2:30, then after my 10 Miler, changed that to 2:15. Well I accomplished both, when I finished in 2:06, at a pace of 9:33 per mile, not sure where that came from, but I did it! I accomplished both of my goals, and I am so proud that I did that.
I started out this morning just like every other morning I run. I felt great, I actually felt ready, that was until I pulled into the parking lot and could not find my safety pins. I mean, this is not my first race how could I lose them. After searching the car I gave up and walked over to the bus that was taking us to the start. I liked the fact that our bus driver was funny, but hated the fact that the ride was terrible, and took forever.
Of course like any other run with Jodi, we have to see intersting people. Like the guy wearing a mesh shirt rocking a purple head band... OMG interesting. But after getting ready we head over to the start line. I got to meet some amazing people along the way and hear there story. I started to get some butterflies. I actually wanted to back out but I knew I couldn't.
I started out the race with my ear buds in and just started running. I tried to stayed focus, and not think about what I was doing. On a normal day it would not have bothered me, but with everyone around it did. I felt good, and I just kept going. Jodi helped warn me about obsticals in my path, since I am not known for grace. I was amazed that Jodi would sprint up, and then run backward to take pictures.
I felt good the entire race. I felt strong, and I knew at that point I could accomplish anything. But then all of a sudden I started to feel it. About mile 12 I felt like I was running out of steam, guess I should have had another gel at that point, but Jodi kept encouraging me, and I kept going.
At mile 13 I started to wonder if Brian and the kids were at the finish. So I just kept running storng, as strong as I possibly could. I saw the finish and Jodi told me to sprint. I kept saying I couldn't but I did. I finished it. I crossed the finish line, then I ran right for the water. After chugging the water I texted Brian to find him. He missed me finishing, but he was there and that made me feel great.
We finished in a great time. I was so proud to finish.
We Did It!
My boys and I after the race
Of course, when I got home I did my ice bath. I am glad I did, even though now I feel great!