I felt good before the race. I wasn't as nervous as I was for the first 2 races. I set a goal to finish in 2:30.
The first 3 miles of the race were flat and it wasn't too bad. The 4th-6th miles were in Iroquois Park and it was horrible. Hills, hills and more hills. Every time I ran up a hill I thought, "This has to be the last one," and then there was another hill. It was insane.
After that the 7th-9th miles were flat again since we ran down the same path we started, but it was such a mental struggle to keep going. The 10th mile was by far the worst. We had to run across a bridge which meant running up another hill. ANOTHER HILL! At the very last mile. I walked up the hill and most of the mile. I was drained. Once we got into Cardinal Stadium I ran to the finish line. I was trying to spot Lucas and when I saw him I just started crying. I knew I was going to finish. The finish line was at the 50 yard line of the football field and it felt so wonderful to cross that line. It was such an emotional experience. I finished and beat my goal and it was such a big accomplishment for me. This is the farthest I've EVER run!
I'm worn out, I have blisters on my feet and I can barely move, but I did it. I've learned that I can push myself a lot farther than I imagined and if I really want to do something, there's no stopping me.
Now for the picture overload.
|Notice the elevation climb.|
|You can tell the last few miles were trying.|