Phew! I made it! I have never been so obsessed about the weather as I have in the last few days! The warnings of possible thunderstorms which may have resulted in race delays and potential cancellation were a big worry! But it was all good!
I had about four and a half hours sleep the night before the race, just too hyped up! Hubby and I got up at 3h20 to get ready, have some breakfast and do a final check that I had everything I needed. Then we picked up my running partner at 4am and headed off downtown. It started spitting with rain when we got there but it was unusually warm and rather humid.
The start gun went at 7h10 and off we went! At mile six my foot problem decided to take centre stage and I decided this time that I was going to take it on! I had a very stern and angry conversation with it and told the foot that the pain did not exist and it was not going to get the better of me this time! And lo and behold, I ran through that pain and it must have gotten bored because it was not getting any attention, and voila, it was gone! Thank you Lord! Instead, I received a major blister on the opposite foot but there was no way I was stopping!
We got to half way in the planned time and now all I could think about was that I was heading home! And that was enough to spur me on, find some additional energy and try to go a little faster. So off I went and felt great until mile 17 and then my body started to ache, the knees and the hips! Oh boy, age does count! Things kind of slowed down from there and the last 6 miles were sheer determination that brought me through! It hurt, it hurt a lot, but it looked like everyone else was hurting too! Despite slowing down considerably I actually managed to get the time I wanted with some minutes to spare!
I was going to be happy with 4h30 because I really expected to stop several times because of my feet, and I got a very respectable 4h21! I was super thrilled!
Will I do it again? Not sure! If I can find a way to not ache so much, then maybe, otherwise I am quite happy to really aim at getting my half marathon times down. We'll see, it's too early to decide now. Right now my aim is to be back and running again, decently, by Saturday!
I am a happy girl!