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!