|So happy to see my family! Mike, my singing partner, is in the red! :)|
At the bottom of the hill pictured above was a great water stop. People in gorilla suits were dancing around and you could throw water balloons at them. I learned after the race that the water stops were competing for prizes based on our votes as to who had the best water stop. I loved the gorillas dancing and the high school boys WWE wrestling in the middle of the course at water stop 11.5.
A few more progression photos will follow! It was fantastic to see my boys and husband multiple times on the race. They would often drive by and yell... " GOOOOOOooooo Mommy!! "
By mile 10 I was still feeling pretty great. My lungs felt amazing. If it weren't for my legs I really could have kept running. I guess that's what strength training is for?? I really hope to do that marathon someday. Is 2016 my year???
|Feeling great just at mile 9!|
|Mile 10 - I bet you couldn't tell it was mile 10. :)|
At mile 11.5 I rounded a slight corner and there she was...... THE BEAST! The hill of all hills. An entire MILE of hill from about 11.8-12.8. This hill is truly so big you can't see the round top. All you see if skyline above the top of the hill. I can't tell you the mind games you play with yourself when you see this beast. My mind was truly racing... how am I going to run UP this hill in the final hour? How can I get a PR race with this hill in my way? Is this for real?
I looked at my watch and realized I had about 17 minutes to finish the race under my PR time and a wave of confidence came over me.... if only for a slight second. I had 1.5 miles to run so I figured just don't walk this hill, just don't walk this hill!
My husband was at 12.5 - just about to the top. He ran a block with me and yelled " You got this babe!! You can do it!! " I pushed and pushed and surprisingly my paced slowed, but not terribly. I looked at my Garmin and this mile was 9:58! Pretty solid time!
|The BEAST! Just keep going!|
I came to the top of the 12 mile hill with about .3 miles to go to the finish. I gained some speed, took a final look at my Garmin to gage my time and crossed the finish line in 1:57:45!! A PR by about 1:15! I'll talke it!!!
Post race beer at the finish was new for me! But it tasted pretty good really!!