The wait is over! I have my computer up, running and working! YAY! I have so much to catch up on. I want to start with Sunday’s Mission.
I wish I had more time to have trained for this race, but with the schedule I have it can get pretty crazy. I think I did two incline runs and was not prepared for what I was about to step foot on.
On Sunday I woke up to this bridge, a stomach ache, 3bites out of an apple, and pre-jitters to top it all off. I had been waiting nothing more than a 2:30 for a new PR. Seeing this bridge had thrown that idea right out the window.
We all hoped onto this Jolly Trolley and headed to the start line! I have run a few races and never got to experience with a bunch of friends and support system. I have to say it was really nice to have a group of people who care and are there to support you. See my name way down there in red. Thank you Ben! I just noticed how excited Derek looks in the background. Josh and his girlfriend also joined for this early morning adventure to help support all us runners!
Ready. Set. GO. We were off! I was so excited to be with a pack of runners holding the 2:30 pace. I held on to that sign for dear life, until mile 5 and slowly started getting further and further out of sight. I was on my own now to just finish.
Heading up the first bridge which I was seriously impressed with how well I did and strong I stayed. After this bridge it felt like I was always traveling up hill for some reason. Finally we hit a downward slop to run into the next bridge. Need I say more, the facial expression says it all.
But just in case you need a visual. That is what I was looking at that.
I remember after I crossed the first bridge, thinking to myself the worst is over. Man was I wrong. I hit a mental wall at 51/2 miles and the little devil and angel jumped onto my shoulders. I remember thinking to myself, What would make me feel better. A song. So out loud I starting singing.
Last bridge. Yea that’s right there are three bridges I had to run over. Big. Ass. Bridges.
Don’t let my smile fool you, I am in a lot of pain. But I wanted to remain strong for the last mile!At least the views were beautiful.
I did have some great help from a fellow runner and we helped push each other through to that last mile. Meet Cinthya! Great race girl! Glad to have had you by my side.
Once I saw the finish line I gave it everything I had and pushed myself so hard to cross that finish line! My Garmin said I hit 6min mile. I could defiantly feel it. As soon as I crossed and came to a stop so did my feet and quickly found myself finding a seat and some water. It. Was. Hot.
I remember seeing Kelly and the gang and got so emotional that my friends had waited so patiently for me to finish and were still super happy for me for finishing. I guess that is what the running community is all about. Support. Friendships. Fun.
Say hello to the fellow girls who hung around and waited for me. The day was a success and my time was 2:48:01 and even though I didn’t meet my goal this time, that just means more races to come back on! Oh you see that? Crow.. One of my favorite poses!
Thank you to all of the people who come out and support racers and volunteer their time to help get through. With out you, it just wouldn’t be possible!
Sorry for the delay, and long post, But wasn’t it worth it?! Do you run in Florida? If so I hope you drink plenty of water. I drank over 4litters that day.
Over and out!