I have checked in on FB but was just waiting to skim here and do a real rr.
Lisa, so sorry to hear about your friend. That is awful...but wonderful of you to sit with her and share your faith. Without getting too much into my theology....I'll just say I think that it counts for a lot, and you never know what is in people's hearts or minds, esp at the end of their lives.
HBM....YES. Esp during our "unpleasantness" a few months ago. But ITA with kerc that it is outweighed by the things that we DO share. And also I think that part of that is what friends are for.
but sorry, that isn't fun.
OKAY....here it is, the RR!
I got to the race pretty early...travel and parking were SO easy and well organized. The race is smaller so that was nice. I got to wait inside a HEATED convention center, use a REAL toilet, and hang out until the race started. I knew a couple people doing the race but didn't see any of them.
When the race started it went uphill first, and I was feeling really sick all of a sudden, like I had to barf (notice a theme in my races lately). I really thought I was going to, and then my stomach settled down some, and then I'd feel yucky again. I had some water and that helped, but it really didn't settle down until about mile 4-5. The race was nice for the first few miles, a few hills but then by the river (windy!), back on to a major street, and then into a neighborhood where I had run some in college. It had rolling hills, some gentle, some not, and that took me to about mile 6-7. My stomach settled down with a Blok...I walked to eat it and had some water (my slowest mile, 10:43).
Then I started up the HILL. BIG hill. MAJOR hill. This guy at the water stop said, "You're coming up on Arrowhead...if you are, you'll soon be dead..." REAL funny dude. So I climbed arrowhead, and then in front of me was this hill so big I started laughing. Just smiling away. I started to climb it and I realized after looking at the street sign that it was this hill that we used to drive over in college to make the car "fly." it was legendary.
finally got up those hills and back on to the road for a bit. Then turned and headed down on to a greenway that threads through the downtown/university area. It was AWESOME. So pretty, so much fun, rolling little hills and mud here and there, I passed a lot of people and sped up on that part. I think it was four miles of greenway, not sure though.
Then I came out of that, back up another giant hill and turned the corner (downhill!) to the finish. I started feeling a little bit sick again so even though there was only a mile, I ate part of a blok and felt better. I ran down and into the stadium, and crossed the 50 yard line. DD saw me, but no one else from my family bc they herded us out into a tunnel right after the finish.
finally caught up with my family and the kids were very cute and proud and cold, and then went for some breakfast at Panera.
So all in all it was fun, hard, a cool course, and in my hometown. I will definitely do the half again, although not the full, unless I go crazy.
ETA: my final time (I think) will be 2:13, one minute slower than my half in Nov on a much tougher course.
Take care mamas, must do some work
: but wanted to rr for ya!