I set a goal of finishing under 1:30. Official finish time: 1:26.39!
The only moment in the race that I knew I was going to finish is when I crossed the finish line. It was an amazing feeling. I wanted to run the whole race and the only walking I did was to get water at the water stations. Several people ran then walked a little then ran again, but I just tried to keep a steady pace. I think for the next race I will probably be doing this though. (Also, I don't know how some people walk so fast.) At about the 3rd mile marker my legs turned to jello and I was really worried about finishing. This is when the mental aspect of running kicks in. You can do a lot more than you think you can, you just have to convince yourself of it. I just tried to enjoy running and the experience as a whole. Running with almost 6,000 other people is pretty amazing in itself. When I crossed the finish line and found Lucas, Dad and Mom, the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "I can't feel my legs." But you know what? I finished and I met my goal and now I know I can push myself farther than I thought I could.