Saturday I ran half marathon #10, the Cedars Frostbite Half, in Lebanon, TN. It was held at the Cedars of Lebanon state park. Absolutely gorgeous place.
Here's how it went down.
The race started at 11. I've never done a half that starts that late, but maybe it's so the weather has time to warm up? We had perfect weather, 50's and sunny.
Y'all know I've been having knee pain for months, well, I hadn't even reached mile 2, and it was so painful that I was already hobbling/running. I just knew I was going to have to DNF. I kept telling myself to just turn around, I can't make it to 13 miles, why did I even sign up for this, and so on.
But then I got mad. No way was I going to quit. I completely changed the way I had been thinking. I started thinking positive thoughts, and started doing a lot of praying. I started thinking about my new tattoo that says Perseverance. Persevere, Katie!!
By mile 3 the pain was GONE. I had no more pain the rest of the race, and haven't had any since then! God is so good to me.
The course was very challenging. Lots of hills, trails, gravel roads with huge potholes, boulders, dirt roads, etc. I would say out of all my half's, this was probably the most difficult.
This was also my slowest half.
One thing I forgot, that I really regretted, was my hand held water bottle. I usually don't bring my own drinks for races, the water stations are always enough. Not this time though. When I read that their were only 3 water stations, I knew I should've brought my own. (I left it back in KY though)
So my last sip of water was at mile 9, and it was sunny and very warm. I felt dehydrated and was getting woozy.
I was glad to see the end of this race! They did have pizza and cookies afterwards, which I wanted neither of. I can never eat right after a race. I guzzled a whole bottle of water and some diet coke though!
She told me this was her first and LAST half, she was never doing this again. I asked her if she had trained for it. She said no, she'd only done 5k's, which she loved. She said the night before the race her mom told her she was going to do it. (Her mom ran it too, although not with her)
How crazy insane is that?? What kind of Mother would force her daughter to run 13.1 miles, knowing she had never trained for that?? Oh my gosh, that made me mad.
I did see her again after the race, and she said she was ok. Her mom wasn't with her, which was probably a good thing. I'm not good at keeping my mouth shut at injustice. :)
So, the thought of this got me through the last few miles.
An ice cold Angry Orchard was all I wanted. Since I don't know anyone here (yet), I knew I would have to drink alone, but this 'break' for me is all about stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things that scare me. So for the first time, I went to Applebee's, ate some yummy food and drink, and had a fabulous time all by myself. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
On the way back to my room, it hit me, "there was no medal!!" Not sure why it took me so long to realize that. That's really disappointing, but I guess it's why the race was only $20. I did get a cute, long sleeve tech shirt though. Of course I'd rather have a medal, but oh well.
That will give you the strength to not give up when you face obstacles and hardships.
And that is FICTM's words of wisdom for the day. :)
Have you ran a race with no medal?
Would you (or do you) go out to eat alone?