We took the kids to the rock crawls out at Three Peaks. The boys loved it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The 10K I did the year before ran part of the half marathon trail so I knew how brutal the down hill could be on your body, so we did a couple runs from Yankee Meadow and they were great training.
So the night before race day I was so so super excited UNTIL...I went to get my packet. I am standing in line to get my packet and I hear all these people around me saying things like "I've ran 5 marathons and a dozen or so halfs" "I average about a 7 minute mile" etc. etc. etc. I got totally intimidated and wondered if I was even good enough to run.
I went home and got all my stuff ready and had knots in my stomach...all....night...long. I hardly slept. Not sure if I was excited or nervous. My friend, Katy, picked me up in the morning and I told her about how intimidated I was by the runners at the packet pick up. She made me feel much better telling me I would get lost in the race and would love it after I got running (she ran the year before, so she knew what I was talking about).
So we got on the bus and rode up to the start line...as we were going on the bus the 11 miles up the road seemed so loooonggg and I kept thinking "I know I can run this, I have before, but this seems like a long long way" We got to the top and it was crazy how many runners there were.
and we were off.....I had my music in my ears and about 2 miles in I felt at home. All the stress and worry disappeared and I just ran. It went by super quick and I was running faster miles than I had ever ran. I stayed consistently at a 7-1/2 minute mile until the last 2 miles that go through town and are up hill. My app on my phone kept saying 7:55 minute mile and I was glad I had that cause I would NOT let myself go above an 8 minute mile. I turned the corner and saw the finish line and the adrenaline kicked in and I started sprinting way too early.
It felt so good...a feeling you can't describe to anyone else when you cross the finish line. The kids and Chantry were waiting and cheering me on. My friend, Lauren, ran the 10K so she and her family were cheering me on.
Lauren and I...
I also hit my 500th mile this week since January. Crazy to me I have ran 500+ miles so far this year...and those are the miles I have tracked, lots of just fun runs when I did not even bring my phone along. :)