I’m officially a member!
Thanks to everyone for their good luck wishes!! 😀
But wait. Let’s back up a minute. It was a LONG journey to get to that smiling face.
I headed down to Champaign where the race was last night to pick up my packet. Unfortunately, packet pick up was ONLY the day before the race, so I had to make the hour and 15 minute drive down to do that (or should I say my awesome parents provided me the ride.)
That’s me! 😀
Not impressed with the goody bags, aka, nothing but a shirt and a bag, but the shirt was pretty cute!
Definitely sporting that shirt as I write.
After the expo, we hit up Panera for some dinner. I got the Mediterranean veggie sandwich, which I usually request whole grain bread with, but decided to bask in the tomato basil goodness, and a Greek salad.
Never fails to impress.
It was already getting late, so we headed on home, and I snuggled up in bed around 9:30. But before I fell asleep, I made sure to set TWO alarms.
Do you see what’s wrong with that picture? Look closely… closer…it’s set for WEEKDAYS! Sh!t. I awoke to Shane tapping me on the shoulder asking me what time we needed to leave at 5:57!!! Umm…we needed to leave by 5:15. I immediately freaked. Well, we both freaked.
The next ten minutes involved the hubski and me running around the house at warp speed shouting at each other. Here’s a sample:
Hubski: “We need to LEAVE!”
Me: “BUT I NEED WATER!!!”
Hubski: “Get. In. The. Car!!!”
Me: “But I NEED my iPod!!!”
And then I fell down the stairs and bruised the top of my foot. Awesome.
But low and behold…we made it just in time to use a porta potty and get in line:
Ready to go aside from it all…
How weird does this picture look??
Haha yeah, that’s definitely not my left arm 🙂
Then the gun sounded and we were off!
The race went by super fast. I can’t believe I ran 13.1 miles without. coffee. And it wasn’t bad either. It was actually a very emotional run because I was running for something (which I’m announcing on Monday’s post!!!!) I swear around mile 7 when I listened to Curt (in GLEE) sing a House is not a Home, I got chills. Then again when Mercedes sang Beautiful around mile 10.
There were thousands of people (14,000?) running this race, so it did get very crowded at times. It really messed up my pacing. But I guess that’s expected. I also stopped to drink water or Gatorade at every single station. I wasn’t very hydrated because of the hectic morning, and I wanted to keep my energy up.
It was both surreal and magical. And I couldn’t believe how quick it went by and how “easy” it was for me. I put easy in quotes, because we all know it wasn’t easy. I’m equating easy with not wanting to collapse and roll over. lol
I did it!!!! 😀
My time, according the the Garmin at 13.11 miles was 2 hrs, 11 minutes, 47 seconds. Oh, and I achieved a negative split! It was also automatically a PR. This was my first time running 13.1 miles, as my training plan stopped at 12! 🙂 I get to see my chip time tonight.
Naturally, my stomach wanted to eat my backbone after the race, but the food line was oodles of people long. So we headed to Bob Evans.
And ate our faces off.
COFFEEE! and water.
Nothin’ healthy bout this, folks. And it was fan-freaking-tastic.
Now I’m back home and showered, and probably going to go be horizontal for a good couple hours. Not sure what the afternoon will entail! I know I have a mound of laundry to do…but that doesn’t sound very fun 😉
Thanks for reading my little recap, guys. Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂
When’s the last time you overslept for something super duper important?? Was it because you had it set to pm instead of am? Phone die? Same mistake as I made? I swear, I hardly ever mess up my alarms. Grr..stupid iPhone settings 😉