I stayed the weekend with a friend of mine who lives near Carmel, so it was nice having someone to go out to eat and hang out with. She's not a runner, so I tried my best to contain my excitement and pre-race jitters, and not talk incessantly about running to her. :)
Saturday morning when I got to the race, I realized I had forgotten my GU's. Thankfully I remembered I had some sour patch gummies in my car, that I had bought for the race! I didn't have any way to carry them, so I put them in my arm band, and just carried my phone. Gotta do what ya gotta do.
At the half marathon split I saw my friend Kimberly, who was running the full. We hadn't been able to find eachother before the race started.
That was the perfect time for me to see her, because I got a little emotional again knowing that I was leaving the marathoner's. After a quick hug, we went our separate ways.
Around mile 8 and 9, I began to realize I HAD made the right decision. I started feeling good about my choice. I also decided next year I WILL do the full.
I didn't PR, but I did finish 17 minutes faster than my last half! (Wow)
My official time was 2:37.
I waited around for Kimberly to finish, and then we got to hang out for awhile. She did SO good, I'm super proud of her. She's also running the Derby Mini this weekend, so I get to see her again.
Have you guys heard of beet juice? This was in the goody bag. I haven't tried it yet, I'm a little scared! I mean beet juice?? What's next brussels sprouts juice? Yuck!!
Next up, Saturday will be half #12, the Derby Mini! I've never ran this before, even though it's in my town. So I'm really excited!