I DID IT!!!!!!!
Wow…where do I even begin? I guess I’ll start with how grateful I am that I was able to finish the race. I was plagued with my foot injury in March and only ran 35 miles the entire month. Needless to say, that really added to my stress about running 13.1 miles!
My initial goal going into the race was to stick between a 12-12:30 per mile pace, finish in under three hours, and under 2:45 (that one didn’t happen). For the majority of the race, I had the 12:00 pacers in my sights. I made most of these goals, but after mile 10, I struggled with some awful leg cramps that were actually quite debilitating. I spent the last three miles of the run making sure that I could keep going, and that I could finish. The last thing I wanted was to be ten miles in, and then have to quit, so I decided slow was better than nothing.
Mentally, it was really hard to complete the race while I was in so much pain. I felt sad and frustrated because I had the energy and the endurance to finish strong, but the leg cramps were persistent. I almost fell a couple times, and I had to stop and stretch it out! I was SO MAD about this, but I think a variety of factors went into it. I was probably dehydrated, and I don’t think I ate enough the day before. I’m definitely going to work on that in the future.
The race was a great experience and really exhilarating. Plus, I got to eat whatever I wanted on my birthday. 😉 Never in a million years did I think I would be running that far. Now I have to work on improving my time for the next one. 🙂