You guys. This was my best race in a year. I finished in 2:37, the exact same time as last year! Which is also my fastest time since then. This race was perfect.
Jeremy wanted to come with me, so we could have dinner with his friends in Indy after the race. So we headed to Indiana Friday afternoon.
We stayed with my friends Dave and Ginny, who I always stay with when I do races there. Ginny is actually my mom's best friend, and has been since before I was born.
We ate at Don Pablo's Friday night. I decided I will not eat Mexican food the night before a race again! I've done it before, and it hasn't bothered me, but after the not so great meal and not so great margarita, I just felt heavy and gross. Never again!
There were 4000 runners, and they had a 5k, 8k, half and full. It was a little chilly, but I knew it was going to warm up quickly into the 70's, once the sun came out.
They had a prayer, the National Anthem was sung, and we were off at 7:30!
I really love this course. It goes through a few nice neighborhoods, but it also goes on the Monon trail, which is just beautiful. Carmel is such a pretty town. It was voted #1 best place to live in the US by Money magazine. I would love to live there if it was near a beach. :)
I really, really wanted to do good at this race. Of course I always want to, but I knew this was a fairly flat course, and I wanted to really push myself and do my absolute best.
So, that's what I did. I usually run nonstop for about the first 5 miles, then after that I run/walk. I don't have a set method, I just do what I feel like doing.
I took my GU's at miles 5 and 10, and they had PowerAde at the water stations. The volunteers were amazing!! This is such an excellent, well organized race. Which is the reason I've done it 4 times now, and will continue to do so!
I felt great the whole time. Honestly, never once did I feel like ok, I want this to be done. I felt that good! I pushed myself to keep running, even when I wanted to walk. And then I see the finish line. And Jeremy. Then I started crying.
I'm sure I've cried at a finish line before, but I don't remember...
I was just overcome with emotion. Knowing I gave my all, and it paid off. Even though it wasn't a PR, that was ok. Then just seeing Jeremy there, and being so appreciative of how supportive he is of me and my running. I was so happy. That runners high lasted for hours!
Wolfies Grill, right on the lake. The food was great and the view was beautiful.
|I adore these people|
Such a fun weekend, such a fun race!!