Saturday morning I picked up my race packet.
Lydia & I stayed together for the first 5 miles. That was great because we talked! Who would've ever thought I could run much less talk & run! It wasn't raining when we started. Some of my friends were at a point at the beginning of the race with a cow bell & signs! It wasn't just Cindy & I was really surprised!! I thought that would be it but around mile 3.5 there they were again with Dean!
There ended up being a mist/drizzle the majority of the run. Around mile 6 it got heavy but didn't last long. My feet were still dry & I wasn't cold at all. I ditched the jacket a little after the first mile & was able to hand it off when we saw the crew at mile 3.5.
At mile 8 my friend Suzy, who is a runner, jumped in for the last 5!
It was great having Suzy with me because we talked & it went by fast. The worst part of the run was an overpass at mile 10. It was HARD! Like really hard!! I did it though! It didn't look like Suzy had any problem with it! At mile 11.5 the rain really started. It was pouring. My feet were completely soaked in about 2.7 seconds. Thank goodness I wore a baseball hat because the bill kept a lot of water off my face. I think it probably rained hard for about a mile. My goals for this race was under 2:30 & I didn't want to walk. I really wanted to do it in 2:20. During my training I was always on track for that. There is nothing wrong with walking & throughout my training I told myself if I felt like I needed to walk I would. I had one training run that was just awful & I walked a lot but for me the starting & stopping is worse than just pushing through. It's hard for me to start back up. As we were getting close I looked at my watch & I was already at the 2:20 mark & that bummed me out a little. Then I heard the cow bell & I was so excited! It was so awesome to be able to hear it before I could see my peeps because I knew I'd see them soon! I told Suzy " My bell, my bell"! Then I could see the finish line! I saw the time & I sprinted to the finish with Suzy cheering me on!
Lydia finished at 2:28:40
I love the medal!
I had a snack!
I did nothing but hang out until it was time for dinner. Our friend that lives in Indiana now was in town so we had a girls dinner.
Then we had dessert!
Now it's Monday & I'm a tad sore!!!