|See? On the bus to the start|
No stress. Hell I was even smiling!
We waited only a few minutes before the starting horn blared. There was no muss, no fuss, just running. I did well maintaining my pace the first few miles so I was really pleased. There is such beauty when running in the middle of nowhere -- just before I got to mile 3 I had 3 deer run across the road right in front me. That was a first on a race day!! I really wish I had gotten a photo but it happened so fast that there was no time to get my phone out.
The course was about as hilly as I thought it would be. Lots of rollers but nothing that made me want to cry. I did wish that I had done more hill training but that's normal for how I feel when I see a hill. (I'm definitely going to run some hills before I head to Napa though!) Overall the course was nice. I was able to find shade in most parts of the course which was really nice.
My knee started bothering me around the 10K mark. And I walked. And it sucked. I cried about that fact a little bit. Then I saw Dan. He stayed at the start to see my sister off at the 5K start but he'd brought his bike so he could come and find me on the course after he left her and I was really glad to see him. He brought me half of a banana and a fresh Bondi Band. I told him that I was hurting and he told me that it was going to be ok. I told him to meet me around mile 9-10 and he biked off. I needed to be alone to figure out if I could start running again. I ran when I felt I could. I walked when my knee hurt too much. I may have also cried a little in there, too.
|I'd just gotten knucks ... gotta run after knucks.|
I think that is a running rule.
I saw Dan again and he asked me what I wanted him to do. I asked him if he'd stay with me and he said yes and began to bike along side me. I wasn't running so much at this point so it was great to have a distraction. He made me laugh and forget that my legs hurt or that I had over a 5K to go! He also stopped at the water stop and filled my two empty water bottles for me (I'd drank ever single gulp of them!) so I could just keep moving. After we passed the airport I finally realized where I was I told him that I was ok and he rode off for the final time. I think I had about 3/4 of a mile to go - and I started to run. Slowly.
I saw Brenda, Alex, Kristi and Dan cheering for me as I rounded the final turn and headed for the finish line. It wasn't my best race but they can't all be PR's, right? I did get to have an AMAZING weekend in the Northwoods with some fantastic people. I consider that a good reason to run (or walk) a half marathon!