After work on Friday I met up with Margie, and we went to packet pickup. Of course we get free bourbon at the pickup too!
We then went to a friend of Margie's house for the night. Her name is Jennifer, and Margie hadn't met her in person before, but they had become online friends through a FB running group. Jennifer offered to let us stay the night with her, since she's only 10 minutes from the starting line.
She told us she was fixing spaghetti for us, but when we got there, she had totally outdone herself! She had made 2 different pasta's, chicken, meatballs, garlic bread, salad! We all carb loaded so good!
*Side note- aren't runners awesome? It's ok if we start out as strangers, our love of running unites us, and we become fast friends. This is the best community ever.
We woke up at 6 am, ate breakfast and did all the other things we do before a race. Then Margie and I went on to the race while Jennifer went to pick up a friend of hers, and met us there.
It was COLD. I don't remember the exact temperature, but it was in the low 40's.
This was a pretty hilly course, but nothing like Iron Horse last weekend.
I felt great the whole 13.1 miles. I walked some of the hills, then others I just put my head down and kept running.
My half last weekend was 2:36. I'm always trying to beat my previous time, so I was hoping since I was running by myself this time, just maybe I could do a little better.
I had one hard moment during the race. At mile 11, there was a little girl holding a sign that said "Run, Mommy, Run".
Seeing that hit me hard. I kept repeating to myself "don't cry, Katie, don't cry". Crying and running don't mix well for me! But I couldn't help myself.
I just kept giving myself a pep talk, and it didn't take too long to get happy again. I'm thankful no one was around me at that moment.
As I get to the finish line, I see the clock says 2:33. Wow! I was not expecting that!
It wasn't until a little later when Margie checked the results online that she saw my official time was 2:31!! I'm sure I caused her to go a little deaf, because I was so excited.
Here's what that means to me. If I can do a hilly course in 2:31. I can probably do a flat course in a sub 2:30. The Indy Monumental half is in 2 weeks, and I'm gonna get it. Yes I am.
Jennifer's friend ran her first half marathon, and did great, even though she was sick. I got to wait for Margie at the finish line, and cheer her in.
We then went to the after party where they had pizza, chili, more bourbon and beer. See, I'm telling you, this race is awesome!!
|Yes, we wore our medals into the restaurant|
The perfect ending to a wonderful race!