|Before the race it was REALLY cold.|
|James workout buddy Aaron, who also ran the race.|
I don't know why the heck those pictures aren't facing the right way. I flipped them in the folder and they flipped back when I uploaded them to blogger.
So it was really cold at the start, and dark. My legs and feet didn't really thaw out until about a mile in. You could see your breath when you were running, which I haven't experienced since Spring, it was kind of refreshing.
|At mile 4 or 5 I think, handing my coat off to James.|
I started out ahead of the 4 hour pacer, and was maintaining pretty well. I think you can see (in the picture above) the pack surrounding the 4 hour pacer behind me. I had to stop to go to the bathroom 4 times, which was kind of frustrating, because each time I stopped I would watch the 4 hour pacer pass by, then I'd have to run pretty hard to catch up with them again, then I'd have to stop to go to the bathroom again. By mile 13, I was watching them crest the hill and waiting for the port o potty and knew that was probably the last time I would see them. However, I decided when we first started that I wanted to do my best, and that I was probably capable of more than I thought I was, but that I wanted to enjoy the race. So after that I just kind of ran at my own pace and enjoyed it.
|At mile 8|
|Mile 10, maybe?|
People say you hit the wall at mile 20, but I felt like it started to get really hard to stop and start again at mile 15/16/17 and after that I was just kind of numb and trying to get it done as soon as possible. I guess at mile 20 I also looked at the clock and realized I could maybe finish within 4:15, so I started picking up the pace a little. I walked through the water stations throughout the whole race, but the rest of the time I was running and I finished at 4:18:44. I was kind of trying for under 4 hours but I am happy with my time. It averages out to about 10 minute miles.
My parents, Laura and Jeff, Mike, Marie, Manoj, Misha and Maddie also came and were there at the 20 mile mark and at the end, which was awesome. Also, my friend Rachael, Aaron's wife was there and our friends, the Haights were there at the end. We went to Red Robin for lunch afterwards, YUM!
|Almost done, time for a cheesy-double-fist-pump!|
|About to cross the finish line|
|Blech. I look awful.|