HI guys! So, I made it! And I made it good! I said before, I like to gauge the success of a race based on how I FEEL, both during and after. And I feel/felt GREAT! I am SO SO happy, especially in light of the way I have felt after my last two races. I knew during this race that I had prepped smart, was racing smart, and would finish smart. And I DID!
AND I beat my previous time (1:32?) and my goal of breaking 1:30! YAY! I am seriously SO proud of myself for being so “smart” with this race, because let me tell you, I was FRIGHTENED that I would be knocked on my butt as I had been the last two races. It sucked. Big time. Not just for me, but mainly for my little guy with whom I spend my days with and who requires (and deserves) an energetic healthy Mama.
Here is an upclose of my hat; TOTALLY appropriate for today:
It says “There will come a day when I cannot do this. Today is not that day.” AMEN! So here I am at the finish, still hydrating 😉
OH and I must say, as annoying as it was, I KNOW I hydrated well because I had to pee 1.5 miles in! ARGH! I ran off and went behind a car 😉 SO ME. Derp! Oh well. Only had to pee once. I guess I sweat the rest out. I felt better after that pit stop 😉 Not bad time with a pee stop, eh?! SO I don’t think I actually crossed the start line until about 12 minutes after the race (It started at 8:30). After a moment of silence for Boston and “Sweet Caroline,” we were off…well sorta. As I said, it took a while to cross the start. I was SO glad I brought I throw-away ZIP UP (this is key; super easy to shed) sweatshirt. It was frigid this morning. Granted I got to the start about 5 minutes before the official race start. I don’t do “waiting around” well. Anyway, I LOVED my outfit; LOVED to pay tribute to Boston and LOVED the stickers Philly provided. Nice touch. So, I felt REALLY good the WHOLE time. This is awesome. Save for my toes hurting for about a half a mile before I forgot about it, around mile 7.5, I felt strong the entire time. It was super crowded entering the Naval Yard, and I found it frustrating to weave in and out of people so much so close to the finish line (about .2 miles away). I had NO idea what my time was because I did something SOOOO stupid at the start. In the hubub, I completely forgot to turn my Garmin on. I was THAT GIRL staring at her Garmin waiting for the “satellites to load.”
Ha. For sure. So once my Garmin FINALLY loaded, I wasn’t thinking, pressed start as I crossed the start and got on my merry way. I was only looking at it for pace, as I didn’t want to go out too fast. So I look at my watch around mile one and it says 7.somthing miles! ARGH! I forgot to reset it after my last race (10k). DERP! So I immediately reset it around miles one, and knew the rest of the time that I would be done when it hit 9. LOL. Dumb. So needless to say, I didn’t have a solid idea of my finish time until I checked online. Anyway, the crowds were AMAZING, if only my name were Lindsay, Joe or Amanda. I saw MANY signs for those people! hahah. Another funny sign: “Slowest parade ever.” oh and “Almost there, that’s what she said.” hehe. Good fans! So I was super stoked to cross the finish line and feel GOOD!
I LOVE the medal this year and can’t wait to add it to my medal hanger! OK, off to hang out with my little buddy…
Did anyone race this week!? Tell me about it!