Then the sickness hit. Daniel got it first the week before, followed by AJ & Zak. It was pretty miserable here that week, and I was just trying to get us thru the week & let Adrian get as much rest as he could. Then I got it Thurs night. I felt horrible when I got up Fri morning & immediately called out of work & cancelled my day. I rested all day (as much as I could) and started feeling better around dinner time. It was a lot of mind over matter on my part, convincing myself that I felt better.
I also had a mental boost...I was able to fit into the race shirt from the race 2 years ago. I was SO excited!
I got up around 5:30 and started getting ready to head out. I was running late getting downtown since I had to do some things I wasn't expecting, like driving, parking & finding the start line alone. I finally get all situated and got to the start line & into my corral around 7:20. It was super easy to meet up with my other walker friends, much better than last time.
It was a beautiful day for a race! It was a little cold, but I prefer that over too hot. We heard the announcements, the moment of silence for Boston & the Star Spangled Banner. Then they were off. The runners started going out in their waves & we crossed the start line about 15 minutes later. I love the energy of this race!! I even got to see Bobby Carpenter at the start line...Adrian would have loved it!
Tammy & I started off quickly. I was really tired but my adrenaline started going & my legs followed. Before I knew it, we crossed mile 1. We always have great chats & this race was no different. Plus there was a ton of music & bands along the course. We split off from the 1/2-ers around 2.5 miles & met back up with them around mile 4.5.
I got a little upset around then because as we turned the corner I nearly smacked right into the pacer for 2:20 group. That is where Adrian planned to be. I would have seen him on the course!! How cool! But I put it out of my mind & finished up my race strong. When we hit the finisher's shoot, I heard a ton of people cheering for me. I love how this race puts your name on your bib so strangers can cheer for you. I was joking that I must have looked tired because it felt like everyone was cheering me on.
We crossed the finish line with a final time of 1:44:32, 7 seconds faster than we did the last 1/4. I was SO happy! I had been thinking about a PR during the last few weeks leading up to the race, but when the sickness hit, I refocused & just wanted to finish. We were in a huge crowd when we crossed, it was the last big push of 1/2 marathoners going for a sub 2 hour race. Very cool energy. You can see my official results here.
We got our medals & fought our way thru the crowd to get water & a bagel. Then headed into the finisher's party, possibly the best part of this race. We got our free champagne, free beer & free chocolate milk. What more could a girl ask for??
|Tammy & I toasting to a great race!|
|I needed 2 drinks after the week I had :)|
Sorry this got a little long. Thanks for reading to the end. One more thing, here is a quick rundown of the workouts I got in the past 2 weeks, since I missed last week. And the calorie burn for my monthly challenge.
Weds 5/1 - 35 minutes Zumba class, 15 minutes elliptical, 40 minutes yoga - 813 calories
Thurs 5/2 & Fri 5/3 - rest
Sat 5/4 - Cap City 1/4 marathon! - 857 calories
Sun 5/5 - rest
Mon 5/6 - 45 minutes Zumba, 20 minutes bike - 831 calories
Tues 5/7 - 60 minutes spinning, 30 minutes Zumba - 1,066
Weds 5/8 - 60 minutes Zumba, 10 minutes bike - 843 calories
Thurs 5/9-Sun 5/12 - lazy days! (celebrating Adrian's birthday & Mother's Day...more on that soon)
Mon 5/13 - 60 minutes circuit training - 702 calories
Tues 5/14 - 60 minutes spinning - 733 calories
Weds 5/15 - 60 minutes Zumba - 766 calories
Total calories burned so far in May - 6,611