At the start the usual funny stuff...people with strollers trying to get in the front in the already packed crowd..I don't get that. The sun was out already and it was warmer then I would have liked but oh well could be worst. And finally the start! I had decided to try the Galloway method for this race with ratio 5:1. First 5 minutes went by real fast and I hesitated to stop but I stayed with my plan. First mile went by quick and easy, I skipped the first water station and continue...Mile 2 first hill...a nasty one...Mile 3 came following a pretty hard hill and that was the best part of my race because my crew was there with signs to cheer me on!!! I checked the time: 26:00! WAY too fast for me.....must slow down.
Best Supporting Crew ever!
Getting to half way point, I saw my kids there
|Waiving to my family, best part of the race!|
"See you at the end!"
After that things got pretty hard. The nasty GUSTY winds! NOOOOOO! For 2 miles that included hard hills we raced against really strong winds. That was really hard. I had to take an extra walk break, made me upset but it is what it is. After mile 5 I thought ok you got this, hang in there, the worst has to be over...and it was. The winds were not as bad but we had one more big hill...ok I can do this...turning the corner for the last stretch a guy yelled at me: "Come on finish strong!" thank you stranger I needed that!!!
Turning the last corner. I can see the finish line!
I finished a little over an hour, don't know the official time yet, forgot to stop my watch but I think 1:06 something like that...so second half much slower but that is ok. I did it! I was very tired at the end and I had a few tears but I was happy! Now my back is not happy with me...so tomorrow must take it easy I think!!!
Smiling at end that is a plus!!!