Oct 21, 2012...Race day! I walked 220 miles to train for this 13.1, I was ready..sort of. OK, I wasn't ready, but I was doing it anyway. :)
The day started with the alarm going off 4:45am. I had laid out all my gear the night before & was dressed, fed & ready to head out into the freezing cold by 5:30.
|My shirt ready to go the night before|
Everything was going along great until around mile 5. I started to get really tired & a few of the people I was walking with started walking much faster than I was able to. But then around mile 6.5 I again saw my family, now joined by my brother, sister in law & niece. I cried again. But seeing them plus my honey stinger chews gave me the jolt I needed & I kept on cruising.
|That's me in the black (next to the girl in pink) approaching mile 6.5ish|
Somewhere between mile 10 & 11, I fell in step with 2 other women. They were amazing! We started talking & before I knew it we were at mile 12. We met up with their friend who was on a bike for the ;ast mile or so with us & she cheered us on the whole time, especially up the huge hill on High St. It was great to have company for those last few miles. I don't know if I would have made it or not without them. I know they wouldn't have been as much fun.
I finally made the last turn onto Nationwide Blvd. Both sides of the street were filled with people & I could see the finish line. I was excited! I saw my family on one side cheering for me & I cried. Then I saw my friends on the other side "screaming like crazy" for me (their words, not mine) & I cried some more. I finally crossed the finish line, got my medal, chocolate milk & cookies & headed for the recovery zone!
|Me looking good heading to the finish line...never would know I was ready to give up 3 miles ago|
|Me & my biggest supporter!|
|My brother Carl & I at the finish line - he helped me train, was at the race & cooked our recovery dinner!|
|My amazing family! So glad they could be there to support me!!|
My final stats:
Finish time: 3 hours, 40 minutes, 16 seconds
Average pace: 16:49/mile
Overall place: 9790 out of 9931
I passed 31 athletes overall
Now, what's next?? I am already signed up for the CapCity 1/2 marathon the first weekend in May. I spent all week going back & forth if I would do it. I have decided...I will! I'm going to take off the next 2 months from official training & start back up around Jan with the New Albany Walking Club. My goal is to go faster & finish in 3:30. For the next 2 months I will continue with my exercising, including doing the 30 day shred with Adrian in November.
Thank you all for reading & supporting me on this journey!! I could not have done it without all of you!!