Anyone else not want to get up today? I made coffee as soon as I rolled out of bed and could actually use more right now. Sadly, between work and the race, my weekend flew right by.
HOWEVER, the race was awesome! If we are friends on Facebook then you have probably seen these pictures – we were posting them all day – but it was an exciting day for me, so I wanted to capture everything happening throughout the race!
Saturday night I made a special F2BF tee and got the rest of my outfit together as well as ear buds, water and camera.
Since I was running the fourth leg of the race and Britnye was number five, we didn’t have to arrive at my exchange point until about 8:30, which gave us a bit longer to sleep in and get organized in the morning. Pre-race fuel was the usual – whole grain toast with PB and banana!
I headed over to my parents at 8:00am, we picked up Britnye and then headed to the race. It was 41 degrees when we arrived, so cold! We stood around for an hour or so, took a warm up jog, got to see the leading male runner, and then finally, around 9:45, I was up!
I started off running through Olander Park (mile 16) and got caught up in the excitement because my first mile I was at a 9.30 pace, which I knew was too fast if I wanted to run the whole time.
As I continued, I slowed down a bit to keep a 10 minute mile pace, which I was able to keep the whole time. I ran and I ran until about mile 4 (course mile 20) where I was feeling a little fatigued. I wanted to walk but I also knew I was so close. I pushed myself as hard as I could for a few minutes and then allowed myself a few walking breaths, never stopping longer than 30 seconds. I saw a sign pointing to the exchange point where I would be meeting Britnye and I knew I couldn’t stop – time to push with all my might.
I turned the corner and was so happy to see my mom standing there – knowing I had family and friends waiting for me at the end was definitely a big motivator.
I handed off the chip timer to Brit and she was off to complete the race – miles 21-26.2!!
I took a minute to catch my breath and get some water – I didn’t utilize any of the water station – just kept moving!
Sadly, it was too cold to rock my F2BF tee the whole time, but since I was hot after my leg, I showed it off a bit!
Then, we headed over to the University of Toledo where Britnye would be finishing the race. We weren’t waiting that long when I saw her pink shirt coming up toward us.
As a team, we finished just over 4 hours and were 100 out of 184 teams. Since none of us were doing this with intentions to win and especially because it was my first race – I think we were all pretty happy with this!
There isn’t an official time for each person, but on my phone it said I did 5.09 miles in 52 minutes, which I am extremely happy with. I wanted to finish in under an hour, so I’ll definitely take that!
I didn’t think we got medals, so you could imagine my excitement when I found out, WE DID!
What a great experience. I hope to be in more races soon! Aaron is trying to get us to do a half marathon but I’m not sure I’m ready for that commitment, especially with starting ChaLean Extreme in May. Looks like I have a lot to think about!