I woke up at 5am. I got ready. The nerves kicked in. I grabbed a cup of coffee and a Fiber One bar - and Peanut and I were on our way.
I wasn't feeling too bad arriving and waiting around for the race to start. I will say that I started to doubt myself once I got in line. I decided to stay towards the back, because I didn't want to get in any one's way. There were so many people - way more than last year. I'm sure that a lot of that has to do with the weather being much nicer this year.
The race started, and I had to wait for a while before being able to cross the start line. As soon as I was over it, I started jogging. I jogged all the way up to the first hill - then speed walked up the hill. As soon as I was at the top, I took off again. I kept that up through the entire race...pacing myself comfortably during the flat parts, increasing speed going down hill, and speed walking/ wogging up the hills.
Once I got almost to the half way mark, I noticed a clock at a church that said 7:51. That meant that I had ran almost a mile and a half in twenty minutes...not too bad. I kept a pretty good pace through the second mile. Once I got to mile 3, I backed off a little...I wanted to conserve energy for a sprint finish.
I started to see the crowds that gather close to the finish line. My heart started pumping, and I told myself that it was running only till I crossed the finish line.
I came over the last hill and saw the clock - well, part of it... I saw 44. I panicked. I had to finish in less than 45 minutes - so I picked up the pace.
As I grew closer and closer, tears started to well in my eyes. I knew I was going to make it. I saw the clock go 44:48, 44:49, 44:50..and then I was there, crossing the line at 44:51.
I sucked the tears back as I took my chip off my shoe to hand to the official standing past the finish line.
All I could think about was how long it took me to pass the starting line...15 seconds? 30 seconds? Will my time be better than 44:51?
I finally got my official results this morning - and I'm not very happy. My official time was clocked at 44:52. It ticks me off a little - because I know that it took several seconds for me to be able to start the race. I was at the back of the herd - and there were over 600 people!! I had to wait for a few seconds for the crowd to start to move, I had to walk a little before actually getting across the start line.
So, despite the fact that the "official" clock has me finishing with a time of 44:52...I'm going to say it should be closer to 44:20 AT LEAST!! Which is a damn good time for me.
The official placements has me ranking 398 out of 436 women. That's a heck of a lot better than last year - when I came in 3rd from last. Overall, there were 776 people that competed in the race - and according to times, I placed 716 out of 776. I am very happy with that. That means 60 people finished after I did.
Here's a photo comparing me from last year to this year...I was quite amazed with the difference.
Here's me a picture of Peanut and I, post race...
We had such a great time. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. I'm now really excited to do it all over again next Friday!!
Tomorrow, I will be blogging about a new challenge hosted by the Sisterhood. I'm excited about that. I love the challenges!! I have gained some weight this week already. Was NOT happy when I stepped on the scale this morning - and I'm hoping that it's just post race weight gain.... but I'm thinking that a gain of 6lbs in a few days is far fetched for my hopes. I saw 216lbs when I stepped on the scale this morning, and I almost cried. I'm not going to let it get me down - and hope that it's just temporary from all of the water and the race. Fingers crossed.
Till next time. ;)
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