I wake up to hearing my dh going to the bathroom and casually look at the clock and it's later than I had my alarm set for. I realize that my alarm didn't go off and if it weren't for dh peeing, I would have overslept!! THank you dh!!
So I get up and am able to get coffee, and go potty (if you know what I mean
) and have plenty of time and not feel rushed. I get downtown and park, sit in the car a while, then go portopotty (always feel that I have to pee a million times while waiting for races to start). I turn on my Garmin, but wait, it DOESN'T turn on!!
: I specifically plugged it in to charge last night so that this wouldn't happen, so I don't know what the deal is. I haven't even brought it into the house yet to check it out.
I take it back to the van, figure why run with the bulky thing if it isnt' even helping me any, and decide to just run to run, and not worry too much about pace.
Then BBM and JayGee find me. Yay someone to talk with while we wait! We pee one more time, then head to the corral together.
After walking to the start for over 12 minutes, we are off. BBM, who said over and over that she wanted to start slow shoots out of the start line like a jack rabbit, weaving in and out of all kinds of people. I struggle to follow her. We then run for a little kind of together (its super crowded at this point) and I turn to her at one point and she is gone. So I keep running.
I kept passing all the spots that I have struggled with in the last few years, and felt great, so that helped my moral in running this race. I slowly ate a gel through many miles using the water stops to wash it down. At the last mile, I come upon a friend from church and say hi, thinking that this is the oddest place to run into someone I know, during the race. That last mile is l.o.n.g. At the finish I see that the seconds are ticking to change the minute so I really kicked in a strong finish. I wish I would have known my pace as I feel I could have PR'd, but overall I'm thrilled with the results.
So far my results are 1:43:19 chip time, sex place of 398, overall 2,537 (out of 35,000).
Can't wait to see the pics! Thank you soooo much for cheering me (and all dingos) on today, it means the world to me!