Wow, it's hard to believe the race is over.
All the frustration at training, and not training enough. Anxiety over not being able to finish and having weird nightmares about peeing on myself because I didn't go to the bathroom before (yup I actually had one like that lol).
But I did finish and here's what it felt like mile by mile! I know y'all can't wait to hear!
Mile 1: Rush of starting the race with 5700 people! We went downhill mostly, so I could still yell and cheer with the other people. It was freezing! Only 40 degrees when we started and I was wearing a sleevless tank and running capris. I just knew I would get so hot otherwise.
Mile 2: Still at a pretty good clip, probably a 9 minute mile but we started uphill for a bit. I knew my pace should probably slow down but I just kept pushing on.
Mile 3: First 1/3 done! That was going through my head with each step. Feeling good, but my pace slowing to about 10/mile.
Mile 4: First signs of wear starting to come, my feet are wet, I'm starting to sweat. Mile 4 was along the river road. Very beautiful...and flat. There was a big blow up wall there, representing the mental and physical block most runners feel. But mine didn't come until later.
Mile 5: My running partner and I split up here. There was another hill and I needed to get water. I accidentally drank poweraid and got sick from the sugar. I had a huge stomachache that lasted until mile 7.
Mile 6: Lots of cheers coming from the spectators! It really helps you to keep going. My hips were starting to hurt and my left shoulder was tightening up almost to a cramping point, but I just kept going!
Mile 7: Holy holy...this mile was a struggle - talk about hitting a wall. My hips were definitely hurting and my left knee was starting to throb. The cramp stopped in my shoulder but then I drank water and again my stomach started hurting mid-way through the mile.
Mile 8: At the water stop, which was about .25 into mile 8 I stopped. I just needed a break. It was all mental. Physically I know I could have pushed past the pain and I didn't. I walked for about 100 yards and then found someone who was running about a 12 min mile. We ran together until...
Mile 9: She got a horrible leg cramp and had to completely stop and stretch. Call me a bad partner, but I kept going until 9.5. I stopped for another 100 yards with my legs and hips just aching and finished the last .2 miles very strong with a pace about a 10 min mile.
Mile 10: It was crazy, I could find my original running partner and people were hanging out all sorts of drinks and food. I grabbed whatever I could and started eating. I know I shouldn't have because I just drank, my stomach was STILL hurting and the banana made it worse! But I was starving.
I walked around trying to shake out some of the pain and went immediately to get my sweats bag that I had checked. Thank goodness I brought 4 layers. I was FREEZING! It was windy and still only about 45 degrees! But sunny and beautiful thankfully...no rain!
Then, began the walk back to my car after cool down stretching and gearing up with my winter stuff. I had parked about another 1.5 miles away. oooo that sucked. But it was good to stretch.
Had a great breakfast and well-deserved bloody mary after!
Would love to hear other running stories if you have some!