Whew, it was a hot one out there today. Lana and I had to turn a half marathon into a 18 miler.
Lana and I left extra early and got the race way before we needed to. We picked up our race packet and the rested in the car until 6:30.
At 6:30 we started our 2 mile run. We kept it slow. 9:49 and 10:04
We grabbed a water bottle and headed to the start line.
While looking for Mike, I found Rae. I didn’t get to say much except Hi I had Mike’s race number and had to find him before the start.
The race started and Lana and I went out a little faster than I would have liked but I was feeling good. We had to do quite a bit of weaving to find room to run. We got behind Jerry from swim class and just let him pace us.
We made it to the half way mat. I could tell Lana wasn’t feeling great. We slowed a little. I started having a lot more fun. I was able to speak again. I talked to everyone. I thanked the spectators and volunteers and cheered for the runners heading the other direction.
I held my pace and made it to the finish line. My official time was 1:55:11.
I got a bottle of water, my medal and returned my chip then walked around waiting on Lana. She wasn’t far behind but she wasn’t feeling well. She told me to go ahead and do my 3. I grabbed an orange quarter, ate it really quick, and then ran back out. I cheered the runners heading into the finish as I ran. I got some strange looks and told I was going the wrong way. I was one of “those” people today. 13.1 miles wasn’t enough for me. I turned back around and continued cheering for runners. I hit 18 miles right before the 13 mile marker. I walked back into the track. I ran into Rae and Brent and we talked for a while. I finally got another bottle of water, a diet coke, and an ice cream sandwich. Turns out I cold only eat half the ice cream but I managed to drink 2 diet cokes.
I saw Lana coming back into the track after her 3 miles. She still wasn’t feeling great.
We checked out the results. Lana won a door prize which she collected before we headed out.
I am not thrilled with my race today but I am glad to have the 18 miler in the books.
Big congrats to Holly, Mike, Lisa, Kim R. , Kim C., Tim, Heather, Pam, Rae and of course Lana.