Today was like any other race day, not much sleep because of the anticipation and excitement. ..and the scramble of getting ready because I hit the snooze button. Twice. Oh and it was supposed to rain. My first half in the rain, and not very happy about that.
Kissed the hubs and the sleeping kids bye and left on time. Brought an extra bag of sweats, uggs, socks, plastic bag (the only thing I didn’t use). It started to rain lightly as I made it to town and parked. Thankfully I made it there 10 mins before the race started. Gave me time to hit the Porta potty and get to my corral on time.
The rain not so bad (at first ), it was like sweating but cooler and I never noticed to be honest because it wasn’t raining hard. I have to say, there is a reason this is by far my favorite race. The energy is amazing, the people, the support, it’s all there! Every mile…people cheered, children, elderly, spouses, coaches, you name it, they were in the rain cheering us on! Every mile! As the mileage hit over 5 miles there was music from cars, dj equip, local businesses so we has something to help us stay entertained. It was awesome. Some houses offered water in between water stops which were about every 1.5+ miles. One woman cut up oranges in quarters for the runners! It was so humbling to be around those so selfless, willing to take the time early in their day to make a few steps in our journey just so memorable. I was truly touched.
The race was really good, mile 13 was tough for me because that’s when it began to pour. The wind picked up, at this point my hands were numb, legs were hurting and my mind was already messing with me (on and off throughout the race, lots of reflecting in this race).
Hit the finish line, grabbed my medal and a towel to keep me warm (yeah right, they should have handed out those thermal wraps) I cried into my towel my tears of joy for completing my race. It’s tradition for me, it’s always an overwhelming experience of disbelief that I’ve completed a half Marathon. Mind you this is my 9th in total that I’ve completed to date.
My trip to my car not so successful, I was shivering, teeth chattering, wet and freezing. Got back to the horse track and couldn’t find my truck! 20 mins wandering in the rain is not fun. Finally got the hubs to come to my rescue, ends up I was close but not quite there. Ha! Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself. Thankfully I got to my car, got home, got my chill out and ate my celebratory pancakes! Cranberry pancakes this time. Actually really delish!
Now enjoying my night in sweats, after a very long day (took the kids bowling in the afternoon). Good end to a very busy day.
I’m thinking I might share the glamour and not so glamorous side of running in my next entry. Maybe it will give you some understanding as to why some of us are crazy enough to run all the miles that we do.
Oh! Before I forget, today’s finish time was 3 seconds slower than my last race 2 weeks ago (2:36:25!!) And SO much better than what I thought!