Unfortunately, this race went the way running things seem to be going lately for me. I was chock-full of Sudafed and Advil and race day dawned hot and humid. This was going to be a battle.
|I should've taken this more seriously.
Matt, Elizabeth and I arrived in Fort Lauderdale around 1pm.
|Five minutes after being in the car: "By the way, I'm going to make you take tons of pictures this weekend! Smile!"
Of course, finding our names on one big wall wasn't enough; we had to sign another! We also found our names on a Lexus, but I didn't get a picture of that one.
|Yes, our outfits were accidentally opposite-coordinating colors. We did not really plan this.
I woke up easily at 4am and drank a Starbucks Espresso Doubleshot in bed. When I felt a little more awake, I made my UCAN and had most of a pop-tart. We were out the door by 4:50 and by 5:05 we were parked in our usual off-site spot.
|Oh. Great. 100% humidity and actually partially cloudy was a dirty, dirty lie.
|Ready to go!
|Still waiting for the countdown!
|Just getting ready to run with 4000 other running buddies!
|Here we go!
|Mile 4 and feeling fine!
I hated to do it, but I had to walk. I had a Gu, hoping the sugar would help, and it did, but it also made my stomach hurt more. We were pouring water on ourselves at every water stop but I was fried.
Around mile 9 I stopped at a medical tent for ice and shoved it down my bra.
|I can't imagine I really looked strong but she is really nice for saying so!
Around mile 11 we saw Matt and Oden again and I asked them to get us Coke if they could. I also realized I had somehow managed to get gum in my eyebrow.
|I am grinning because I am about to yell, "BRING US COKES AT THE FINISH!"
|The finish is in sight!
|Finishing this thing together!
What was so tough mentally was that my legs felt good and when we were running, they wanted to run fast, but my body just couldn't take it. My heart-rate would skyrocket after just a couple minutes and I'd have to walk again.
I am frustrated that I couldn't power through and hold onto that 2:20 goal. This feels like BDR all over again; I feel fired up to run another half at a pace I know I can feel proud of. And I hate writing race reports that sound like they're full of excuses, but it is what it is. We got out there. I did the best I could and Elizabeth stuck with me when she could have easily powered through faster on her own.
|2:28:47...I've run faster and I've run slower, but this race will always be special because we ran it together.
|My mom asked Matt to get us flowers so Elizabeth could have the "full race experience." She is SO thoughtful!
|Full disclosure: I took this picture after already having eaten one pancake.
Oh, and here is a video of us at the finish because I know some of you like that!