Anyways time to review the race:) Friday I headed to the expo. I had lots of fun there. I liked that there was plenty of space to move around and to see all of the different vendors. I loved the fact that Rite Aid had the booth where you could test everything from allergies, to cholesterol. Of course I got in line. I was so pleased to see my numbers. I love that everything low and that I am healthy. I know that my Shakeology is part of the reason for that:) I also decided that I needed to get my picture taken with Charlie...
|If only I looked that good after finishing a race:)|
|Love that it has a back design|
Sunday started early. We got up, drank our coffee and ate breakfast then headed down to the start line.
|Lisa and I getting Ready to Run!|
Lisa and I said our good lucks, she headed to the 10K line up and I headed to find the girls, after a quick bathroom break)
|If your a Browns fan you know how awesome this is|
The first 6 miles were hot but not back. Then as we started heading up the hill by the Animal Shelter, it was very hot. I had found Kim on the course by that time, so I decided to walk up it with her, like most of the runners around us were doing. As we were going up we saw a man pass out. That was a real eyeopener. It made me realize just how hot it was and how I needed to run safe. I made sure that I stopped at each water stop, and drank. I also made sure that my water bottles were full so between I would be prepared. The volunteers on the course were very organized and kept the runners going, even when there was congestion. I am so grateful for that.
Towards the end I decided that I just needed to kick it in an go, so that is exactly what I did. I saw the finish, and I put it all out there. I finished strong and I felt good about it. My official time was 2:09.
I am proud of this. I was off of a PR by 3 minutes. That is ok by me because more importantly I ran a smart race.
|My Medal for OAR. This is my favorite one by far|
|The Cleveland Marathon 2012 Half Marathon Medal!|
|The Special Medal I got from Lisa|
Hearing all of the sirens and seeing the different runners coming to the aid of those who were ill on the course was amazing. I can say that the volunteers were wonderful for such a hot day. The signs were so funny too. Thank you Cleveland for another great race, and a wonderfully different way to see our beautiful city!!! I look forward to next year!
Suck It Up Cupcake And Move It!