|Lots of well wishers in town|
They were watching the start of the race from the hotel--it was live on TV. The gun went off at 7:30, but I was in corral #19, so it took almost 25 minutes until I got to the start line. After a brief bit of panic that my Garmin wouldn't start (it did, phew) I started running. I've never run a race with so many people before, and pretty much the whole time I was just concentrating on passing people. A lot of weaving in and out; hitting the gas pedal to pass annoying groups who all had to run next to each other, blocking the way for those of us behind them! I just kept running and running and running. I hit the 7 mile mark and grabbed a water and ate a bit of my snack. I had to walk through that water stop, cause they weren't filling the cups fast enough. Plus I couldn't chew swallow and run at the same time. My sisters and I had agreed on a spot where they would watch for me, and I told them to be on the right side, since I tend to run on the right side of the road. Well, I kept running, and never saw them. I think they were behind me. By mile 10, I was running out of juice. I started drinking Cytomax at the stops, hoping it would help kick start me. I had to take walk breaks, and I was a bit annoyed that I just wasn't going to make my 2:15/2:20 goal. Towards the end, it was crazy. I wanted to pass the slow pokes in front of me, but there was no room to pass, so I had to be happy with running behind a man who was jumping and skipping down to the finish line. He made me smile that last little bit. And once again, I managed to look like an idiot kinda half-raising my arms in a lame victory sign as I crossed the finish line. And a minute later remembered to shut off my Garmin. I heard Patti yell, and saw her and Pam on the side, but I couldn't get to them. The runners were given medals, and told to keep moving along the line as we grabbed snacks, water, warming blankets, and stopped to get our official photos taken.
|I did not need this during the race|
|We forgot to take more photos after the race--duh|
But no more race photos! So I'm glad the official photo turned out. I'll post more photos in my next post and more recap on our trip.