Today, I ran 13.1 miles.
I woke up at 5 am, after a restless night of nightmares that involved me getting lost during the race (impossible) and falling into a porta potty (totally possible). I chugged Gatorade Prime, enjoyed a delicious Lara Bar and popped a couple of Aleves.
Ryan dropped me off a couple of blocks from the start line. The first thing I saw? Dozens of porta potties everywhere with 70+ people in each line. Of course that’s when my body decided I definitely needed to go before the race began. Luckily, I’m good at looking pathetic, because some nice woman told me about porta potties with shorter lines on the other side of the block.
I then waited in the corrals for forever. I didn’t even begin walking to the start line until ten minutes after the race started. When I finally started running, though, all my nerves just melted away.
Around mile two, the leaders of the half marathon passed me on their way back to the loop. Translation: they were on mile five. Luckily, this didn’t faze me. After all, I was in a group of hundreds of people who were just as slow as me. Great morale booster.
I felt great those next few miles. I grabbed water at every station that offered it (it was 85 degrees at 8 am, talk about hellish conditions), and I didn’t even feel tired. Then my knee started screaming a little after mile seven. I alternated about 15 minutes of running and five minutes of walking for the rest of the race.
Considering the pain I was in, the last few miles went quickly. I sprinted the last 100 yards, and hearing people cheer for me as I passed other runners right before the finish was exhilarating. I totally want to be a professional athlete now. Unfortunately, I think it’s a little late for that.
Oh well, I scratched another task off my bucket list. My official half marathon PR is 2:13:22. Now, I have to figure out if I will be able to run the Rock n’ Roll Marathon in October (26.1 miles, eek!) or if my knee just can’t handle it.
I’ll keep you all updated on what I decide and how the following training goes.