Monday, September 5, 2011
I am so excited. I DID IT. I finished my race.
One of the funniest stories though happened on our way down. We hit the border and the custom's agent asked us the purpose of our trip. Allan told him we were going down so I could run a half-marathon and to visit family. He looked at my passport photo, looked at me, again looked at my photo and then at me. I said, "I know I'M OLD, but I can do it". He laughed and sent us on our way ; )
I have to tell you I was so scared on Saturday morning. When we arrived in Indianapolis it was so incredibly hot and humid. I went to the running store on Friday and asked what they recommended as far as running in these conditions. The advice they gave me--SCALE WAY BACK. Don't plan on having a Personal Best. I knew I had prepared--I had done all my training, but I do not run in hot, hot temperatures.
I had a spray bottle, my bottle of gatorade, all of my shot blocks and I was ready to go.
Allan managed to snap a picture of me before I got to the starting line.
Then a couple of miles into the race, Allan got this one.
The first five miles I was doing okay. I actually had a pretty good pace going and was feeling pretty good. Then all of a sudden at about mile 6 1/2 I started to feel awful. I thought--I CAN'T DO THIS. I began to seriously think about quitting. I knew I would be very unhappy if I quit, so I started to walk, and I walked for about a mile. The whole time I was telling myself I had prepared, I just needed to slow down, and everything would be okay. So I started running again but at a slower pace. I had water at every water stop, drank my gatorade and ate my shot blocks and my sports beans. I still didn't feel that great, but I thought I could do it.
I was so happy when I saw my son-in-law Tony about a quarter of a mile from the finish line. He shouted words of encouragement and away I went.
And then I crossed the finish line--so relieved and happy. Allan snapped a couple of pictures.
It was funny because I got an e-mail last week from the Organizers of the event and they announced that at mile 13 there would be a "Primping Station"--OBVIOUSLY I DIDN'T STOP ; )
I got my finishers medal and found Allan. He gave me a big hug. (I actually could have collapsed in his arms, but he helped get me to a spot where I could sit down--ha, I'm just kidding I ACTUALLY LAID DOWN ; )
And Allan was kind enough to not take a picture of me laying down ; )
I got a picture with my supporters--so glad they were there.
It was so fun to have Allan at this race. He is always so supportive.
Because we were there to visit the family, I couldn't crawl back into bed for the rest of the day ; ) Had a wonderful visit and will write about it later.
I was very excited when I realized that I came in 5th in my age division--5th out of 25. As it turned out, temperatures that day set a record HOTTEST DAY IN SEPTEMBER ON RECORD. It was brutal.
I am going to take a bit of a break. I still am having trouble with my foot and give it a chance to totally heal.
When I get home I will catch up on reading blogs. I really haven't had a chance to get on the computer much.