**Thank you to everyone who wished me luck yesterday! I read all of your comments before the race and all the positivity and luck really helped to keep me going! You are the best!**
I am not great at writing race recaps. I know a lot of bloggers are really awesome at remembering what every mile was like for them but I’m usually talking to myself or in too much pain to remember. I will tell you one thing though, I did not “fly like the wind” but thank you to Britt who had faith in me to do so (she wrote that on my Facebook page and it made me smile)!
I can honestly say that I thought it would go a little better than it did. I knew I had practically no training under my belt but I still had quite a bit of confidence in myself. My confidence was boosted even more during the first half of the race. The first 6 miles were amazing. Dean and I were running comfortably, chatting, hating on the hill we were given at mile 3 (that was NOT nice, race planners).
At the back of my head I was thinking, “HOLY COW! I could PR if I keep up this pace! Plus, the second half has no hills so I will fly right through it!” My PR is 1:44 so the “plan” didn’t seem so crazy at first. But then when we hit around mile 8 I wanted to DIE. My legs were so achy and my knees felt like they were going to give but mentally I was as strong as an ox. I felt my whole PR dream slip out from under me and quickly reminded myself that I didn’t intend to PR so I had to get it out of my head.
We got slower and slower as the miles went on and I wanted to curse every person who passed me (but I didn’t!). We took our time getting water, gatorade, and gels while hobbling our untrained legs to the finish. We attempted a pathetic sprint to the finish and *think* we may have gotten a really cute picture We ended up finishing in 1:59 and I am okay with that!
I will never, ever, EVER run a race untrained again. My legs feel like they got run over by a truck! I still had a good time, especially since I had Dean with me every step of the way. He is naturally really speedy so I know he could have run much faster but he was by my side from start to finish. I LOVE YOU!
No questions for you today…just tell me something that makes you smile!